Posts Tagged ‘seniors’

20 Years of Keeping Brains Healthy

March 11, 2013
Ruth Kiralfy and Gerda Smith, who have been memberss of C.A.L.L. since inception.

Ruth Kiralfy and Gerda Smith, who have been members of C.A.L.L. since inception.

When my old friend Gerda Smith retired from her many years of teaching elementary school students, she decided she needed “something  to do after retirement to keep my brain healthy.”  That’s why she became a charter member of the Columbus College Academy of Lifelong Learning in 1993.  Columbus College is now Columbus State University, so, I guess that would have been a little  long for the group’s name so it was shortened t0 the Columbus Academy of Lifelong Learning, or C.A.L.L.

Gerda was happy to be among the current C.A.L.L. members who gathered Saturday to celebrate the organizations 20th birthday.  Since I have been a member for a number of years, I was there, also.  I need to keep my 82-year-old brain healthy, too.

You don’t have to be as ancient as me to become a member.  I think some of our members are in their fifties, mere babes.  If you do become a member, you’ll be offered a whole array of classes that range from Beethoven to current events to line dancing, and lots more, including card games and social events. So if  you are retired, keep that brain active and healthy and have some fun at C.A.L.L.  

For more information go to this link.  

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Keeping Gray Matter Active

November 6, 2008
   Keeping our minds active as we age is very important, according to what I have been reading.  This link to CNN’s Health/Library website tells us what the Mayo Clinic says about it.

  In order to literally “grow” the brain, it has to be exercised. To exercise the mind you have to use it. When you do it “produces new connections between nerve cells that allow cells to communicate with one another.”  

  Following the recommendation about starting a new hobby, I took a course on drawing and I drew for a while and quit, but plan to get back to it. Here’s one of the things I drew with pencils. Think I should stick with it? 

Beer Mug, by Dick McMichael

Beer Stein, by Dick McMichael

  Recently, besides taking courses on Ancient Egypt, Astronomy, and the “Iliad,” I decided to take up bridge. You know that fun card game where it’s no disgrace to be the dummy. (Sorry about that…kinda.)  

Mr Alan Blackburn, Wikipedia)

Bridge declarer (Courtesy: Mr Alan Blackburn, Wikipedia)

  Those bridge lessons are indeed giving my tired old brain a workout. My late sister Betty loved bridge and taught me the basics when I was a teenager, but I didn’t stick with it, and I learned very little about the most important part of the game, bidding.

  The playing rules are pretty simple, but the bidding is anything but.  The whole idea is to communicate with your partner so that he or she has a good idea of what is in your hand in order to bid effectively. And you can’t use signals – you know, like pulling on your left ear to let your partner know you have six hearts in your hand. All you can do is bid.

  Our teacher told us there are two kinds of bridge: party bridge and cut-throat bridge. Party bridge is where you are socialiable and talk a little and play your cards in the middle of the table. Cut-throat bridge is really duplicate bridge. In duplicate bridge everybody gets to play the same hand once before the game is over. Nobody picks up tricks, instead, well, you probably really don’t care about that. By everyone playing the same hands, you really know how is the best player because everybody gets the bad hands as well as the good ones before it’s all over. Duplicate bridge people take it very seriously.  They don’t talk very much.   (If you don’t play bridge and want to learn more, go to this Wikipedia link.)

  Most people learn party bridge first and that’s what I’m doing…well, trying to do. I think it’s going to end up being a lot fun, or, on the other hand, may drive me crazy.