What would physical fitness be without mental fitness? A healthy body needs a healthy and strong mind to back it up. Even though getting enough physical activity does benefit the mind, such as promoting good circulation and distribution of oxygen to the brain, learning new things is just as important to keep you well-rounded and mentally fit. That's exactly what the Denver based program “Active Minds” is all about.
Active Minds is dedicated to teaching older adults, as well as adults of all ages, a wide variety of subjects – things you might want to know about that aren't exactly taught anywhere else. Do you want to learn specifically about Vikings? Do you have a passion for music and you want to learn about your favorite composer? Maybe you have a business and you want to take a quick course in social networking. These are just a few of the topics taught through the Active Minds program. There are many many specific things you could learn about. The full list of topics is here on their website [http://www.activeminds.com/topics.html]
Active Minds originally started out as a way for seniors to enhance their lives through learning, and it even started out just teaching poetry. The founders of Active Minds are John Henderson and Zane Robertson. John has over 20 years of teaching experience, and Zane is a former teacher turned entrepreneur who specializes in teaching older adults and younger adults alike.
Science tells us that learning new things helps to keep the physical brains healthy, which in turn keeps your memory and cognitive thinking sharp. When you are learning something new, your brain is firing in a different way than what it normally does.
This change in pace sparks neurons within your brain, and releases a different set of chemicals. When you aren't learning anything new, your brain isn't doing much, and just like any other part of your body, if you're aren't giving it a proper challenge, it will start to get weaker. Think of your brain the way you would any muscle in your body, as well as your heart and lungs. Learning is like giving your mind some exercise.
They always have different programs going on. For example, April 2014's event is centered around the top of the Great Depression and World War I. Of course, these aren't the only things you can learn that month, they are free seminars in the Denver area that you can attend if you are interested. Not only will you learn something new, but you will also meet other people your age who are interested in the same things as you, and you have the opportunity to make new friends. It's a win win situation for everyone.
You can sign up as a member and have access to members only events, as well as volunteer, or if you have teaching experience in a certain topic, you can even sign up to become a teacher through Active Minds. This is a great educational program right here in the Denver area!