This is a guest post by Dee McConnell, Program Leader, Lifelong Learning Institute
Older adults are often encouraged to stay active and engaged to keep their minds sharp, that they have to “use it or lose it.” But research indicates that only certain activities — learning a mentally demanding skill like photography, for instance — are likely to improve cognitive functioning.
“It is important to get out and do something that is unfamiliar and mentally challenging, and that provides broad stimulation mentally and socially,” says psychological scientist and lead researcher Denise Park of the University of Texas at Dallas. When you are inside your comfort zone you may be outside of the enhancement zone.
Going outside of your comfort zone assists in keeping our minds agile and confidence high. Gain your edge in the challenge against aging by joining CE with our stimulating courses and lectures.
Recommended CE Courses to Keep Your Mind Sharp
- Learn the Myths of Detecting New Nutritional Truths
A healthy body aids in a healthy mind.
- 180 Day Novel Intensive
It’s never too late to become a writer!
- Introduction to Guitar for Adult
Learning a new instrument is exciting and mentally stimulating.
- Beginning Photography
Photos are forever… be the photographer in your circle.
- Foreign Policy Roundtable
Become aware of our world at large.
Register now and continue your life’s journey with CE.