Keep learning to keep your mind active into old age

Residents have been taking part in classes across Cornwall to learn new skills and keep their minds active as they get older.

The classes are provided by Cornwall Council’s Adult Education team. They’re open to everyone and take place at locations across Cornwall.

Heather has a short-term memory condition but was given extra help from a learning support assistant to take part in a ten-week pottery class.

Heather with her bowl

Class tutor Amanda Brier said: “Heather made a beautiful bowl after attending only three pottery sessions. I often hear learners refer to using clay as ‘therapeutic’, and I think they are right. Many studies show that working with clay can help reduce anxiety, depression and stress.”

Cllr Andy Virr, Cornwall Council member for Adults and Public Health, said: “I’d highly recommend that everyone considers how they can keep learning as they get older. This supports the council’s priority that people should live in vibrant, safe and supportive communities where people help each other to live and age well.

“Learning a new skill is a recognised way to keep the mind active as we age and joining a class in your community helps people make connections to more people and places where they live. This in turn helps to reduce isolation and loneliness which is often associated with people needing more intense care and support as they get older.

Portfolio holder for Children and Families, Councillor Barbara Ellenbroek has responsibility for Adult education. She said: “It’s great to hear about Heather’s experience and just goes to show the wealth of benefits of taking part in one of our Adult Education courses. There’s something for everyone so I’d urge everyone to have a look and see what is on offer.”

To find out more about course available in your area, visit the council’s website.

To find out more about activities in your area you can also see what different communities offer by visiting the Support in Cornwall website

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