Benefits of Continuing Your Education When You’re Older


Humans never stop learning and growing. For this reason, it is important for everyone to continue their education as they get older. The following are some of the key benefits of continuing education into older adulthood.

Career Benefits 
Continuing education is important, or even necessary, for most careers. The best professionals are constantly improving their skills and learning more about their trade. Some fields, such as law and healthcare, actively require ongoing education courses for someone to continue working in that profession. Skills and knowledge become outdated, and it’s imperative to remain competitive in the job market.

Continuing education can also provide advancement opportunities for a stagnated career as well as result in a higher paycheck. Individuals who continue their education when they’re older often enjoy a more successful career than people who are not as concerned with learning more once they leave school.

Cognitive Benefits 
Exercising the brain keeps mental facilities sharp and memory strong. It can even help guard against serious cognitive conditions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. No one wants to have their mind slip away, so it is worthwhile to do everything possible to help prevent cognitive decline in older adults. Learning new things also opens the mind to new possibilities and points of view, which can be invaluable in life at any age.

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Kinds of Charities You Can Get Involved With

Charities have been in place for hundreds of years in one form or another offering help for needy causes. What began as groups focused on helping people in dire straits has evolved into worldwide charities and nonprofit groups committed to improving the world as a whole.
In order for a business to classified as a charity, they must be registered as a 501(c)(3) organization with the IRS. In order to qualify, the business cannot show a profit. Any revenue must be either reinvested in the organization or budgeted for the next year. Adhering to this code makes the organization is tax-exempt, giving it more financial resources to further its causes.
Donating time or money to a charitable organization can be a noble way to support a community or an important cause. Volunteers and funding are what make these charities possible. Listed below are a few kinds of organizations that are striving to make the world a better place.

Health-Related Charities 
These groups focus on improving health standards both locally and around the world. Their intent will range from promoting public awareness of certain health risks to funding research for diseases to helping pay for medical treatments.

Environmental Groups 
These nonprofits look for ways to save the planet from an early extinction caused by the carelessness of humanity in the past. With a clear vision of the impact of everyone’s carbon footprint, they work to educate awareness of ecological concerns as well as seeking out new ways to both save and rebuild the environment.

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How to Find the Best Tutor for Your Child

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Whether a child is struggling with their homework or a parent wants their child to stand out academically, there are resources available to help improve a child’s academic performance. Regardless of the reason, tutoring is a method used to support a child’s learning and help them excel. Below are some ways to choose the best tutor in order to achieve the optimal results for the child’s academic experience.

The child’s school should be the first place to look. A lot of times the school will offer free tutoring to students so this is often the best and most convenient option, especially if you’re cost-conscious. Depending on the school, there may be different programs in place to offer proper support for children such as after-school volunteer programs or group study sessions. If the school lacks the programs or the child still needs additional support, a tutoring agency may be the method of choice.

Tutoring agencies are companies that specialize specifically in tutoring and can be either in person or online. Students generally perform better with face-to-face tutoring; this is because a tutor can hold the child accountable for their work whereas online, the student may be more prone to distraction. Tutoring agencies can be more costly, but they will provide results as they put their tutors through a probationary period to weed out unqualified individuals and ensure quality tutors. When asking about prices, make sure to inquire about payment and cancellation policies.

If a tutoring agency is not an option, either due to budgetary constraints or other reasons, then another method could be to reach out to friends and family to see who is available. It may be surprising to find a retiree, a sibling, or even a friend of the child who is well versed in the particular subject and willing to provide the support and commitment needed. Depending on the arrangement, the tutor may or may not be paid, but the keys to success with this option are scheduling, commitment, and respecting each others’ roles as tutor and student.

When a tutor is finally chosen for a child, it is important to monitor results to ensure that the child is getting the most from the experience, especially if money is going into it. It takes effort not only from the child but from the parent to make sure that the child is being held accountable and getting the support that they need.

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Fr. Joseph Purpura Biography

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Joseph Purpura has been an Orthodox priest for forty years. After graduating from high school, Father Purpura enrolled in St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, New York. While attending St. Vladimir’s, Father Purpura earned his B.A. in Philosophy from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York in 1976. After earning his Master of Divinity from St. Vladimir’s, Father Purpura was assigned to work in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Soon after moving to Connecticut, Father Purpura enrolled at Yale University and earned his Master of Sacred Theology in 1982. His thesis was entitled “Ministering to the Bereaved.” In 1980 Father Purpura began to serve as the Spiritual Advisor of the Society of Orthodox Youth Organizations (SOYO), in both the Eastern Region and the New England Region. He held this position for ten years. In 1999 Father Purpura earned his Doctor of Ministry from Pittsburgh Theological School. His final Doctoral Project was titled “Moral and Ethical Issues Confronting Orthodox Youth.”

Currently, Joseph Purpura holds three positions. Since 1990, he has worked as the Administrator to the NAC Teen Coaches for the Special Olympics Training Camp. He is the Co-Founder and Manager of the Orthodox Christian Coalition for Healthy Youth, Antiochian Archdiocese Department of Youth (a position he has held since 2008). Since 2010 he has served as the Facilitator of the Committee for Youth for the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America.

His involvement with the church has enabled him to fulfill his desires to help the community, especially youth workers, and teach valuable skills and lessons to others. In fact, Joseph Purpura prizes the work he does with young people as a highlight of his life. He and his wife often teach young individuals leadership and communication skills, prompting them to be successful in their futures.

His appreciation for the work he does limits the number of challenges he must face. Joseph Purpura is a proprietor of forgiveness, especially in relation to children. Father Purpura’s experience has taught him that “bad” kids often act out because they are suffering in some way. Father Purpura says, “Our job as youth workers is to help heal that pain and bring back what’s good in them so that the young person can flourish.”

Over the years, one of the most important lessons that Father Purpura has learned is that all young people are able to become leaders and excel regardless of the mistakes and bad decisions they have made. Joseph Purpura is a strong believer of redemption and potential; when a young person makes a mistake, it doesn’t mean that he or she is “bad.” Their behavior may be flawed, but that does not mean the individual is irredeemable. Father Purpura enjoys helping young people find themselves and form a strong identity that will help them throughout their lives, as well as assisting young people to learn from their mistakes and become more involved in the Church.

In addition to teaching youth, Joseph Purpura has also traveled across North America to teach clergy, adult youth workers, and other community members, prioritizing methods of teaching and relating to young people. Ultimately, Father Purpura’s goal in teaching youth is to train strong Orthodox Christian leaders who will contribute to their communities and eventually lead and teach others.

Joseph Purpura’s experience and history with the Orthodox Church has guided his life, and his drive to help others learn and grow shows in his work and outreach endeavors.

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Help Your Community For Free

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When I mention the phrase “help your community”, what do you picture? Maybe you think about going door to door, asking for donations. Or, you might think of a school-funded car wash. Whatever you’re imagining, chances are it centers around money. Although providing money to those in need is helpful, there are other ways we can help those in need, even when our budget is tight. These are just a few of the easiest, free ways you can help your community.

Cleaning Homes

Although most of us have our Spring cleaning done, you might notice your home could use another good scrub. Do you know who else noticed their home’s dust build-up? The elderly person living down the street. Most of us know a few people who struggle to get their homes clean, so try offering a hand. Not everyone will be receptive of this help, but those who are will be thankful that you stopped by.

Offer Your Car

We all know someone who relies on public transportation, walking, or riding a bicycle everywhere. This can be difficult on people who need to travel far distances, or who need to go shopping. Rather than letting these people lug their bags everywhere and risk getting robbed, offer to take them where they need to go. Although this may take you a bit out of the way, it will also be a huge relief to those you are helping.

Help A Sick Neighbor

Have you ever had a neighbor who tried to do everything they normally do right after surgery? Some people are stubborn, but will accept help if it is offered. If you know someone is sick or in recovery, you could offer to do their yard work, cook for them, or even take them to appointments. Older people in particular need help, as many times they are alone and don’t have the resources to help them out. No matter what the case, offering your services will help your neighbor heal much faster.

Helping your community does not have to be difficult or expensive. In most cases, helping is as simple as offering help where help is needed. Before committing to a lazy Saturday or an evening in, see if you can spend that time helping someone in your community.


Being An Impactful Teacher

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One of the best things about being an educator is making a difference in my students’ lives. Every educator goes into the field for some reason, but most of us just want to make a difference. Whether you’re a preschool teacher or a college professor, these are a few ways teachers can make a difference in their students’ education and lives.


Telling students to see a tutor is not successful in many cases. Their parents may not be able to afford a private tutor, and free tutoring services are not available everywhere. Rather than relying on someone else to tutor your students, offer to tutor the students who really need it. You can speak with the principal and see if there can be an after-school tutoring session where kids who need a little extra help can get it. You may also want to enlist your peers to help, especially if you are teaching the same subjects. Small group sessions can allow for more one-on-one time, as well as a more inclusive environment, helping students feel comfortable and open to learning.

Emotional Support

Particularly for teens and young adults, having authority figures who understand their emotions is crucial for success in school. If you notice a student is struggling when they normally excel, or if you witness troubling behavior, reach out to the student and see if there is anything you can do. Make sure to report any interaction to your supervisor, as a situation may escalate beyond your control, and having a record will help moving forward. If you think the student will not open up to you, refer them to a counselor and, if possible, offer to introduce them. Students will not be able to learn unless they feel safe and secure, and that includes emotionally.

Abuse Signs

It’s an unfortunately part of the job, but many teachers all over the country come in contact with signs of abuse at some point. While physical signs are often easy to detect, keep an eye out for unusual behavior from your students. For elementary and middle school teachers, watch for detached children. Likewise, overly-attached children should be watched carefully. Teens in high school may be abused at home or in a relationship, and college-aged students are more likely to be involved in domestic abuse as well. If you notice something, you must say something (it’s the law), but make sure to stay alert to behavior that could tip you off to abuse. Helping someone get out of an abusive situation is one of the best things you can do for them.

Being a teacher is more than spouting off facts to a class. Being a teacher means looking out for the best interests of your students, and that often means going above and beyond your daily duties. Rather than being a teacher who only teacher, be a teacher who makes a difference in your students’ lives.