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Learning Program for Older Idahoans Aims to Keep Brains Active


Tuesday, March 8, 2022   

Keeping our brains active as we grow older is key to our health, and an offering of courses in Idaho is helping people stay engaged.

New Knowledge Adventures is supported by AARP Idaho and Idaho State University. The program offers classes to people ages 50 and older and, due to the pandemic, the classes are virtual.

Carol Hourcade, outreach committee chair for the program, emphasized the benefits of keeping the mind active,

"Continuing to learn about new things, challenging your brain, continuing to socialize," Hourcade outlined. "They realize these are all very important things to enable our brain to remain healthy as we grow older."

Registration starts today. The first course is next week, and a host of different classes run through May.

Hourcade pointed out one advantage of being virtual is most courses do not have a limit for participants. She explained people can register the day of classes in most situations.

Hourcade noted there are a wide variety of opportunities, such as classes addressing health care and medication issues, but she added there also are lessons on local history.

"For instance, we have a class this semester on the history of Boise's Chinatown," Hourcade remarked. "We also have a class on camping on a tankful of gas. So in other words, it's campgrounds and places you can go within a day's drive of Boise for camping."

Hourcade stressed there are classes on many other topics, including coin collecting, tai chi and even cooking.

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