Learning in Retirement – Train Your Brain

Panorama AuditoriumWe recently invited Dr. Rob Winningham to present as part of our Learning in Retirement Lecture Series. Dr. Winningham is a professor of psychology at Western Oregon University. He provided incite to recent scientific findings related to cognition and memory that indicate our ability to improve our memory by engaging in regular cognitive stimulation. Dr. Winningham gave a long list of cognition stimulating activities, including crossword puzzles, college classes, book clubs, gardening, juggling, and many others. A lot of these cognition stimulating practices involve doing or seeing something new, such as visiting a different grocery store, taking a different route to a familiar destination, and learning new games or hobbies. In addition to cognitive stimulation, good nutrition, exercise, and social support have been found to improve cognitive function and memory.

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