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The best classes for 40 – 50-year olds

By Tan Qiu LeiEvents - 14 January 2010 2:06 AM | Updated 20 July 2010

The best classes for 40 – 50-year olds

One can never stop learning, so look no further than below for our guide to continuing education.


It can be challenging for those in their 40s and 50s to deal with mid-life crisis, when they may feel that their personal development has stagnated, and thus become bored and tired about work and life. The workshops mentioned below may help eradicate the feelings of helplessness and boredom that may arise, despite people from this age group entering their peak earning years and achieving a greater level of maturity.


Cash and Career Management

At this age range, you would have been happily settled down at home. But can you say the same about work? Are you content with your monthly income, or are you contemplating a career shift? Attend workshops that help you identify your own skills and values, and evaluate the risks of mid-career transitions.

This is also a good time to know how to calculate the actual amount you need for a comfortable retirement. If you’re looking at investments, you should also know what are the risks involved. For a better future, make some time to attend workshops on personal money management.



Family Togetherness

The challenges and stresses of midlife can be overwhelming and life-changing – bigger losses, such as our parents, partners, jobs and even homes, can threaten to engulf us in wave after wave of depression. Come what may, it's important that your family stay united as one.

Are your children in their teenage years? Understand the developmental changes and challenges teenagers go through, and what parents can do to improve their relationships.

And if you've lost that lovin' feeling, find out how you can rekindle the romance in your relationship or marriage at courses and workshops that provide useful, spicy tips.


Hobbies and Sports

Parenthood can be exhausting and may leave you very little time to pursue your own interests. As your children enter their teenage and adult years at this stage, it's high time to look back and re-discover what you've always wanted to try but haven't had the time to. Here are some ideas to get you kick-started.




a) Badminton

Studies have shown that people in their 40s and 50s who play badminton regularly (at least 30 minutes a day) increase their life span by about two years! This aerobic sport also helps to prevent osteoporosis, boost your mood and confidence, and strengthen the heart muscle to reduce chances of heart diseases.


b) Book Clubs

Love reading? Join a book club! Indulge in your passion and more as you and other like-minded bookworms delve into in-depth discussions and look at different viewpoints. Besides widening your social circle, a book club also helps you overcome any fear of public speaking.


c) Scrapbooking

If you're into arts and crafts, you will enjoy putting pages of your personal life together in a scrapbook. Learn how to create interesting artwork and fill your scrapbook with papers, tools and embellishments that the workshop provides.



Health Seminars

When you reach the midlife stage of adulthood, you will begin to notice changes in your body and encounter more health concerns. With increased risks of developing health issues like diabetes, osteoporosis, high blood pressure and heart diseases, it's better to be vigilant on early warning signs. Health seminars and workshops conducted at hospitals and clinics provide great information and help to keep your health in check.



For all the best courses and workshops to take, here’s a list to check out:


i) What Kids Need Most From Their Mom and Dad

You may make all the decisions for your kids right now, but as they grow older and enter the world of teens, they start having a better sense of what they want. Understand what really matters to them in this insightful workshop.

Date and time: To be announced.

Venue: 10 Anson Road, #29-03 International Plaza

Price: $48

To register or for more information, email [email protected] or visit


ii) Scrapbook Design & U – Basic Course

Get intense hands-on practice and guidance from the experienced teachers at Laine's Papeterie and learn the basics of scrapbooking.

Date and time: For December and January schedules, visit

Venue: 501 Orchard Road, #03-12 Wheelock Place

Price: $230 for four sessions, includes tote bag, notes, materials for hands-on practice and supplies for completing four scrapbook layouts

To register or for more information, call 6333 6831 or visit


iii) ArtQ Workshop Series: Fine Arts for Adults

Who says art is only for school children? Learn drawing techniques like sketching, watercolour and acrylic painting, still life and landscape drawing. Who knows, your dream of opening your own art studio may come true!

Date: On-going on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays

Time: (Mondays) 2pm / (Fridays) 10am / (Saturdays) 11am – 4pm

Price: $65 per lesson or $550 for 10 lessons

Venue: [email protected] at 8Q Singapore Art Museum

To register or find out more, email [email protected] or visit


iv) Achieving Peak Performance by Improving Your Memory

Can't seem to remember where you last placed that important file at work? Learn how to unleash the full potential of your brain power and digest an overload of information effectively at this memory-boosting workshop.

Date: January 21, 2010

Time: 9am – 5pm

Price: $445

Venue: Holiday Inn Parkview / Amara Hotel (TBA)

To register or for more information, contact Lynn at 6861 1000 or email [email protected].