If you have grandchildren, it’s likely you’ve seen a color-coded calendar on the refrigerator to help keep track of their activity schedules. Just looking at the rainbow of reminders is enough to make one’s head spin!
Crazy as it may seem, Baby Boomers are developing activity calendars for themselves, and many of them involve classes at the local recreation center or college campus for enrichment, rather than for credits toward a degree.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, nearly HALF of active adults in the United States are involved in some form of continuing education, or “Lifelong Learning.” In fact, medical and psychological research reveals that taking classes provides numerous health, wellness, and social benefits for individuals of all ages, including:
- Improving memory
- Increasing self-confidence
- Minimizing the risk of depression
- Enhancing a sense of accomplishment
- Meeting new people
- Developing new interests
Enrichment opportunities and classes abound, to nourish a wide variety of interests, from computer skills to languages, health and fitness to financial literacy, history, art, and more.
Cobb County Parks and Recreation offers a number of classes and workshops, including:
- Computer classes: Introduction to PC & Windows, The Internet, and more
- Line Dancing
- Tai Chi
For more information, call 770-975-7740 or visit CobbCounty.org.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Kennesaw State University, has an ongoing smörgåsbord of classes, workshops, and activities for individuals age 50 and over, including:
- Technology – email & Internet safety, digital photography, Ebay basics
- Art & Music – drawing, painting, calligraphy, piano
- Health & Fitness – pilates, yoga, Tai Chi, and health screenings for hearing & stroke prevention
- History – genealogy, Civil War, American West, and more
- Leisure – mahjongg, jewelry making, creative writing, fly-fishing, and more
- Finance – estate planning, Social Security, even “The Retirement Class”
For more information, call 470-578-6765 or visit kennesaw.edu/olli.
Each Windsong community is designed with wide, walkable sidewalks, gathering spaces, and opportunities for neighbors to become acquainted and become friends – and perhaps practice some of the skills they learn in Retirement Class!
Welcome to Windsong – Where Life’s A Breeze!