Staying involved

My grandma is amazing. She’s turning 86 in a few weeks, and last month she went canoeing on the Colorado River. Last summer, she rode the Alpine Slide in Park City. She has forty-one great-grandchildren, and remembers all of their names and birthdays. She keeps in touch with friends she made 50 or 60 years ago, and has a more active social life than I do. To me, my grandma is the perfect example of someone who has never slowed down. She is always finding new things (like canoeing!) to learn and experience. She has always stayed involved.

This week, our EveryDay Learners Daily Herald article spotlighted some other members of our community who have stayed involved. The tutors at the Orem Literacy Center, who are mostly retired, are giving back to our community by sharing their professional and life experience with students who need help. As they do so, they are discovering the joy that comes from serving. Ruth Pratt, the director of the center, explains that “community service is a wonderful use of time. It’s very fulfilling. Retiring with service is therapeutic. It’s uplifting and enjoyable.” The benefits of volunteering for seniors have long been recognized, and staying involved in the community can be a fun way to keep learning and growing even after leaving the workforce. Sometimes, though, it’s hard to know where to start. Here are six ways that anyone (but especially seniors) can stay involved in education in our community. Do you have any other suggestions? Let us know!