Well, wouldn’t you know it. Roberta, our Director and avid shutterbug, stumbled up on a great article in the Digital Photography Review. To sum it up – learning photography can help keep your brain fit.
When you learn something new, connections in your brain are made using different paths, allowing your brain to process information more quickly and more deeply. But going beyond that, learning photography seems to make those connections stronger and longer lasting.
More than 200 people who were over 60-years-old were split into various testing groups and asked to commit at least 15 hours per week to the activities.
One group learned photography with digital cameras and imaging software, a task requiring remembering verbal instruction and complex reasoning. A second group learned quilting with computer controlled sewing machines, requiring abstract thinking to create patterns. Participants in other groups performed passive tasks such as playing games, telling stories, or going to museums.
Only those who spent the time learning quilting or photography saw the improvement in their mental abilities. What a wonderful side benefit of learning how to take and edit great pictures!
This (not so surprising) news falls on exactly the right day – November 1st – the first day to sign-up for our clubs. If you are interested in keeping your brain sharp, check out the amazing clubs we offer. They all meet at different times and different days of the week, so you’re sure to find one or more that work with your schedule. Our photography clubs are dedicated to taking and editing photos, using certain photo editing software, taking photos on your smartphone, or even how to create amazing layers of photos in one image. The options (and new brain connections) are endless!
And if you’re not into photography, don’t worry – we’ve got other clubs that cover topics including Macintosh products, PCs, the internet, and even online genealogy.
REGISTER TODAY as our clubs are some of the most popular things we offer – they fill up quickly.
And, if you want to see some of the great photography work that’s been done by the students at the AGE Computer Lab, pop on over to our AGE Computer Lab Galleries, our Photo Blog, and our 2012 Contest.