It’s all about challenging yourself and stepping outside your comfort zone. That is the findings of The University of Texas at Dallas who tested seniors engaged in less demanding skills vs. those who learned a new skill such as photography, photoshop or quilting. (yes, quilting).
According to the study, photography and Photoshop are tasks requiring very specific memories for verbal instruction and complex reasoning as one learns to use the equipment and the software to edit high-quality photos. I don’t quilt, but apparently it requires abstract thinking and reasoning skills. The research group tested seniors in other activities which are less demanding and are more social oriented. “Only the quilting and photography groups, who were confronted with continuous and prolonged mental challenge, improved their memory abilities,” Park said.
I am thrilled with the findings. I see more and more seniors taking my courses at Studio 2.8 Learning Center and am amazed at their passion for learning something new. I offer discounts to seniors for any of my classes.
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