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Learning something new, such as a new skill or hobby, can help you boost your memory.

Neuroscientists at the University of Texas at Dallas conducted a study that found that seniors who took on a new mentally challenging hobby saw a lasting increase in their memory skills.

These researchers believe that taking on a new challenging activity — like learning to quilt, play an instrument, or operate a computer, for example — strengthens numerous networks within the brain.

Your LifeSpan Center offers lifelong learning opportunities, to include the newest LifeSpan University 101.

Your LifeSpan Center’s Volunteer Program (LSVP) is spearheading LifeSpan University 101 with three new classes from 11 a.m. to noon:

  • Sign Language: The Alphabet – May 22 and 29
  • Music: Basic Notes – June 6, 12 and 26
  • Braille: Dot to Dot – July 3, 10, 17 and 24
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The cost for each class is $5 and is limited to 12 people. If you are interested, please call 217-639-5150 to register.

All classes are taught by non-professional volunteers with basic skills using  videos and other resource materials. Certificates are for self-empowerment and continued learning curve values.

After each class you can enjoy lunch from Peace Meal by calling 217-345-1800. The cost is $3.50 for 60 and older and $6 for those younger than 60. To see what’s on the menu, look inside your LifeSpan’s monthly Connections newsletter or on line at lifepsancenter.org.

Guests who need transportation may call Dial-A-Ride at 217-639-5196 or 1-800-500-5505 at least 2 days prior to the event.

The LifeSpan Center is located at 11021 E. County Road 800N, Charleston. Call 217-639-5150. Come join us each weekday at noon for “Lunch at LifeSpan.”

Peace Meals, sponsored by Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, are served Monday through Friday at a suggested donation of $3.50. To register, reserve a lunch or learn more, call 217-345-1800.

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