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new language. But people who already know more than one language may be more adept than others, because the proContinued from Page 24 cess of learning different rules of syntax and grammar, esperules. Memory usually does cially early in life, seems to diminish, even in people who program extra skills into the do not have dementia, and brain, ones that people appear reaction time slows. to retain. “You’re not going to learn Toga said that the sensoto hit a fastball,” Jagust said. Over time, he said, the best- rimotor parts of the brain that control the senses and muscle preserved abilities seem to involve vocabulary and knowl- movement did not tend to shrink later in life the way the edge about the world, what cognitive centers did. So in researchers call “crystallized intelligence.” Problem-solving theory, learning physical skills and math ability, part of “fluid like dancing ought to come easily. But nature can be cruel: intelligence,” do not seem to where the brain is strong, the stick as well. flesh may be weak. Failing eyeThe slippage in memory sight and hearing, weakened may make it tough to learn a


muscles and stiff joints may all sabotage the signals the brain needs to choreograph smooth moves on the dance floor. “Everything is sliding downward, unfortunately,” he said, laughing. But it is still a good idea to try something new. Columbia University has had a program for “lifelong learners” since 1986. About 200 participants take regular Columbia courses. They are expected to keep up with the reading, but there are no term papers, homework, exams or grades. The older students tend


toward history courses, renowned professors and language classes that they hope will help in their travels. Programs geared to older people also exist at many other colleges and universities. An organization based in California, the Bernard Osher Foundation, supports lifelong learning programs at 117 colleges and universities, at least one in every state, based on the idea that many older students go back to school for the joy of learning. One of the largest programs for retirees is at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay (it

is not associated with Osher). Called Learning in Retirement, it is sponsored by the university, with more than 1,000 members and more than 240 courses a year. Classes — mostly short, a few twohour sessions — include painting, jazz, travel, eBay, osteoarthritis, Zumba, the periodic table, the history of the earth, building with straw bales and “motorcycling and aging awareness.” Most require no outside reading, homework or exams. Some are taught by college faculty, some by members of the group or others in the community.

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Health and Wellness - Spring 2012  
Health and Wellness - Spring 2012  

A guide to staying healthy in Interior Alaska, geared toward Alaska's growing elderly population.