We look forward to retiring our entire working lives, and then when we get there, it can sometimes be… a bit boring. It can feel like a let down, but the truth is that retirement is what you make of it. You finally have time to do all those activities and learn all the skills you never had time to while you were doing the daily 9-to-five grind. Nowadays, it’s easier than ever to learn when you tap into the resource that is the internet. You can find classes online for just about anything, from cooking to learning a new instrument to immersing yourself in art. 

Read on for some great ideas on fun new skills for seniors to learn online. 

Learn how to play an instrument online

If you want to add a little music to your life, why not use your free time to learn a new instrument? Learning how to play an instrument can help with cognition and creativity. The music helps boost your mood, and the daily practice can help prevent arthritis from developing. Best of all, you can learn how to play from the comfort of your own home with online lessons. There are many instruments that are great options for seniors to learn, so check out some options online.   

Learn how to cook online

If you’ve always felt helpless in the kitchen, there’s no better time to learn how to cook than now! Cooking your own food is not only fun, but it’s healthy too. When you make food yourself, you can control the amount of sugar, salt, and fat each dish has so you can tailor each one to your needs. 

Online cooking lessons are plentiful. You can find recipes on YouTube or via other free resources. You can even order the ingredients you need for a meal online and have them delivered to your door. Over time, you’ll see that not only is cooking fun and healthy, it can be more convenient than going out!

Learn about art online

The best museums in the world are offering people access to their collections with interactive classes and instruction that teach people all about the artists and the history behind their work. It’s the perfect activity for someone who doesn’t necessarily need to learn a new skill, but wants to expand their mind by experiencing something beautiful. 

You can find courses on just about everything from beginner’s art history to modern street art. Most of them are free and come with materials that college students pay big bucks for.


Your senior years and retirement provide you with ample free time, so why not use it to learn something you always wanted to? With internet access, you can do so from the comfort of your own home. If you would like to fill your life with music, online lessons can teach you how to play an instrument, which can boost your brainpower. If the only thing you ever make in the kitchen is a mess, now is a good time to learn how to cook. It’s a healthy habit that can be more convenient than carry out. Finally, if you want to expand your mind, the best museums in the world now offer online classes so you can experience the world’s best art and the history behind it. Whatever you choose to do, just do it! Learning a new skill or information is the perfect way to make the most out of your golden years.

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