April 6 – 13th is Adult Learner’s Week. Whether we acknowledge it or not, we are always learning although most of us don't recognize what we do each day as learning. But whether we're starting a new job, a new hobby, or watching a documentary on TV, we are always learning.
One time when most of us do not expect to be learning is when we are approaching retirement, but that is actually when it becomes crucial. In their book, Don’t Retire, Rewire!, Jeri Sedlar and Rick Miners lead readers through the process of planning for retirement. This book is not about long term financial planning, but rather, thinking about what fuels our passion, suits our personality or fills our pockets. The nature of retirement has changed. The need to contribute to society for what can easily be a quarter or a third of our lives is a powerful motivator for many.
We often hear the term “life-long learning”, and have a vision of a class of seniors learning basic computer skills and that doesn’t apply to us. Life-long learning, whether or not it pertains to retirement is as formal or informal as we want it to be, and the library is a great place to begin.