Going Back to School as An Adult May Improve Your Health and Well-Being

As 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic forced so many people to re-evaluate their priorities, more people are spending time at home working and learning virtually. As children adjusted to virtual classrooms, parents, guardians, and grandparents learned to monitor those classrooms as well and for some that has been a real challenge. Some adults have taken the time at home to head back to the classroom as students themselves. Whether it is to learn a new trade, a class for career advancement, or an advanced degree, more adults are seeking opportunities to continue learning. According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, “There is a well-known, large, and persistent association between education and health.”

Some of the potential health and wellness benefits of adult education from the website, The Skills Portal, are:

  • Reduced risk of depression for female adult learners.
  • Improved optimism and self-worth.
  • Adult learners are more likely to stop smoking.
  • Improved eating habits.
  • Up to 50% reduction in obesity in men.

Many people have delayed their physicals and necessary vaccinations due to the pandemic this year. Those delays could be putting your health at risk. Make sure to visit your healthcare provider for any overdue wellness check and for any vaccinations or physicals. To schedule an appointment at any of our convenient Primary Medical Care Center community clinics, you may visit our website at www.primarymed.com, or call (305)751-1500 for our Miami-Dade clinic, or (954)289-0000 for our Broward clinic.

Source: https://www.agewatch.net/ageing-why-and-how/is-adult-education-good-for-ou/