You’re only as old as you feel. We are all social by nature, and social engagement is a vital component of aging successfully.
Research has shown that an active social lifestyle helps older adults maintain a sharp mind, remain connected to the world, increase feelings of happiness and develop a sense of belonging.
That’s where our Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) comes in. Where else can you party with your friends, learn a new language, become savvy on your tablet and appreciate art history?
Benefits of Getting Involved
Specific health benefits of social interaction in older adults include:
- Potentially reduced risk for cardiovascular problems, some cancers, osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis
- Potentially reduced risk for Alzheimer’s disease
- Lower blood pressure
- Reduced risk for mental health issues such as depression
Beginning in 2016, we will unveil several new programs. Explore the diversity of OLLI where we truly have something for everyone.
“We’re excited to continue to offer fresh, new classes,” said Meg Webber, program manager. “Our courses are designed to engage your mind and challenge your spirit. Many of our members have developed close friendships and experienced memorable learning.”
Here are a few of our new classes for 2016:
- Still Lifes With Style
- Drawing FUNdamentals
- Drawing Landscapes
- Watercolor From the Masters
- Watercolor with Pen & Ink -Advanced
- Exploring Modern Art: 1890-1960
- The Italian Influence on Opera
- Civil War – The Atlanta Campaign
- The World at War: A Battle Rooted in Africa
- Making the Most of Your Android Tablet
- Get to Know and Love Your iPad
- Windows 10
- The Artist’s Way
- The Dolphin Project
Use It or Lose It
OLLI Director Dick Harp shared some of his thoughts regarding the potential benefits of staying engaged in your later years.
“Most feel that stimulating the brain can be very beneficial,” he said. “I have always believed in the phrase, ‘Use it or lose it,’ pertaining to using your mind and actively stimulating your brain. Doing crossword puzzles, pulling out a chessboard or scrabble board, learning a foreign language or new hobby are all healthy ways to stimulate your brain.”
He added, “I am convinced that keeping your brain active certainly can’t hurt. Our OLLI programs offer opportunities for members to stay stimulated, make new friendships and enjoy learning new things.”
Don’t Forget: Oct. 26: Cactus Moon Southwestern Social
- Prizes — for best Southwestern costumes.
- See you on the dance floor!
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