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If I hadn't started painting, I would have raised chickens.



A great quote from Grandma Moses isn't it?  And view her painting, "Autumn"  HERE

To say that education was important in my family, would definitely be an understatement.   My mother was an elementary school teacher prior to staying home with me, and my father was a teacher, principal and ultimately throughout all of my school years, the Superintendent of Schools.  I was raised by teachers.


What has been wonderful to watch, as my father  has aged, retired and aged some more, is how his lifelong emphasis on learning has continued to shape his life. Even at nearly 90 years of age, he challenges himself to keep learning and he  exemplifies the second daily action for the grand to GREAT lifestyle.


LEARN-- there is a world of information at your fingertips.  From your library, computer, smartphone and television the world is your oyster. Learn something new every day.


 Anna Mary Robertson Moses, more commonly known by her nickname, Grandma Moses was a renowned American folk artist.  ‘Her works have been shown and sold in the United States and abroad and have been marketed on greeting cards and other merchandise. Moses' paintings are displayed in the collections of many museums. The Sugaring Off was sold for US $1.2 million in 2006.’

What is perhaps most incredible about her art, is the fact that Grandma Moses didn’t have her first showing of her work,   until 1940               at the age of 80.  

In her earlier life she had enjoyed “hobby art” including embroidery and quilting but it wasn’t until after she developed arthritis in her hands at the age of 76, that she decided to learn painting.  And even then, after she became prolific in her painting, pain in her right hand forced her to change hands and she learned to paint left-handed

“Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be."  -Grandma Moses


 From television shows to podcasts, from community colleges to books, and of course the internet--the world is at your fingertips.   And today, it has never been easier to find things to learn.  Learning keeps your mind and spirit engaged with the world.


‘It is reported that older people who are involved in learning benefit in terms of their own health and well-being, that they lead a more active social life and become involved in their local community.  Thus elderly people can boost their brainpower simply by learning a new skill – such as learning a new language.  Furthermore, there is strong evidence which suggest that learning can delay or prevent the onset of dementia.’


Ongoing learning significantly benefits older people’s mental health and consequently reduces reliability on medication.  Consistent learning will help an older person to keep their brain active and having the opportunity to discuss matters in a classroom is a socializing event, it is an effective method to reduce isolation, loneliness and depression which unfortunately can come with old age.'


Two-thirds of all men and women who have lived beyond the age of 65 in the entire history of the world are alive today," says aging expert Ken Dychtwald. This includes 45,000 Americans over 100. And the longevity trend will continue. Baby boom authority Cheryl Russell predicts that one million boomers will reach the century mark.  We are growing older, that fact is undeniable. 

grand to GREAT is fundamentally about learning.  It’s about learning new habits to live your best life from 55 to 105, to become ‘UNAGEABLE’.  

How you live your life from 55 to 105 is really up to you. Last week's blog focused on MOVE.  This week is LEARN.  What do you suppose next week has in store? For today, even the statistics above can count as something you’ve learned.


(See how easy that was?). 

To your greatness!  www.grandtogreatlife.com/blog

“Even now / I am not old. / I never think of it, and yet / I am a grandmother to eleven grandchildren." -Grandma Moses



* quoted from Cordantcare.com and Mike Bellah, Ph. D @ bestyears.com


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