Keeping Your Mind Sharp in Retirement

It’s probably been a long time since you last took a class, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop learning anytime soon. If you have some extra time on your hands during retirement, there are a number of ways to continue learning about a new skill or a subject you love. Follow these tips to keep your mind sharp.

Online Classes

If you have a computer and an internet connection, you have access to millions of free online classes. Searching for online classes is as easy as researching different Medicare supplement plans. One word to look out for is “MOOC” or Massive Open Online Courses. These are just what it sounds like, online courses that are open to the masses where virtually anyone can take them. Many of them are also free!

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If you fear time is an issue, or you can’t commit to being at your computer for a specific class time each week, don’t worry. Most of these MOOCs, although taught by a live human teacher, are actually pre-recorded and then the recorded lesson is posted each week. You don’t have to be there for any specific class time, instead you watch the videos and do the work and readings on your own time and at your own pace.


You can earn credits for the class by taking the tests once you’ve completed the course work. In many situations you can also pay to make your course credits worth actual college credit, or credit towards another educational institution. But it’s perfectly normal to take the classes for free simply because you want to learn more about a subject, regardless of if you want any course credit for it.

Internet Research

If MOOCs sound too intense or time consuming for you, there are still millions of websites and online publications that you can find with a simple Google search. You can’t always trust free information online, but you may find plenty of publications or companies you trust that post information about subjects you’re interested in.


If you read about a subject from multiple trusted sources, you can choose what information you feel is most relevant and true and form your own opinions from your research. During the course of your research, there’s a good chance you’ll start to find other sources of information you may not have known existed before. The internet is a great source of information and is vast beyond belief. You should find plenty of information on anything you’d like to learn more about.