Keep dementia at bay; learn something.
There are many, many free courses available on the internet for you to do from the comfort of your own home. We have a range of suggestions in these pages and also tours you can go on to complement your studies. The tours will not be free but they won't break the bank either.
Why you should learn something.
Help your brain avoid dementia by giving it some exercise by learning something new. There are many, many courses available on the internet that you can take; some have a fee for you to do them but there are many that are FREE.
If you want a free program to use while at your computer to fly a plane the see this page.
Studies have shown that learning something new slows the progress of dementia in those of you who have begun to show the symptoms of this scourge of the elderly; and sometimes the not so old.
You can do this study from the comfort of your own home as long as you have a suitable computer and internet connection.
Here is a free program to download and use that you will enjoy. SWEET HOME 3D
Assistance in the form of a class or volunteer to help you get set up might be available, depending on your location. If you are miles from anywhere you will no doubt have to get it all organised online.
Some of the classes have group discussions for interaction with the other students and forums where you can pose the questions you have and the answer may be forthcoming from someone who knows.
The courses may include students from all around the world. The advantage of the internet is that you can converse with class members from several countries simultaneously.
Who we are is a question with different answers for some people. We are all descended from the same initial forming of life. Consequently we are all cousins. Click here for a brief explanation of your cousins.
Another aspect to talking to people in other countries is to assist them to improve their ability to speak and listen to English. While you can volunteer to travel to Thailand and assist a teacher there with their English Language class by providing the students with a person who can speak with them in English you can connect with them on the internet and either use the exercises we can provide to improve their English or just have a talk with them. See this program here as Volunteer to Talk.
Free courses online.
Open2Study There are many free courses that last 4 weeks.
You can find a tour to local wineries if you do the wine making course.
Reading about Australia
free ebooks and other resources
The First World War. 2014 — the centenary of the beginning of the Great war. This page details a number of ebooks about ANZAC and the conflict in general.
Library of Australiana. Free ebooks by Australian writers, or about Australia!
Australia's Greatest Books. A number of Australian 'classics' which are available as free etexts.
Dictionary of Australian Biography. Biographies of more than 1000 people prominent in the development of Australia; explorers, artists, politicians, scientists, etc. All died before the end of 1942. An online free ebook.
Australian Discovery. The first authenticated landing on Australian soil occurred in 1606. In 2006 Australians celebrated the 400th anniversary of the event. This page covers the period from 1606-1770. Many free ebooks.
Australian Explorers. A chronology of Australian exploration with links to relevant free ebooks, together with an extensive list of Australian explorers and their biographies.
Australian Explorers Journals. A virtual library of free ebooks, written by the explorers themselves.
Australian History. Free ebooks relating to Australian History.
The First Fleet. Details of the First Fleet which arrived in Australia in 1788.
Maps and Charts relating to the Discovery of Australia by Europeans
Maps and Charts relating to the Exploration of Australia by Europeans
Timeline of Australian History. A list of of significant dates in Australian History.
Australian Currency. Details of people who have appeared on Australian currency.