With the new year upon us, your news feeds will be chock-full of lists and tips on how you can improve your quality of life or “steps to follow to a better you”. So, here’s one more!
The Cummings Centre’s top 7:
- MIND YOUR MUSIC
Research shows that music activates every part of the brain – so playing or listening to music (even singing!) can actually make you smarter, happier, healthier, and more productive.
From ukulele lessons to Sing like no one can hear you and Opera de Montreal presents Mozart, click here for lots of options.
- UNLEASH YOUR CREATIVE SIDE
Looking to uncover hidden talents? Try your hand at painting! Research shows that that simply holding a paint brush can trigger your imagination! The brain starts to envision colour, shapes, places, people and more- Cummings Paint Nights are a great way to release stress, focus energies and get started.
- KEEP ON LEARNING…
Listening to a lecture and taking part in active discussions are great ways to challenge and improve information processing skills – another way to boost brain health and cognitive function. Learn a new language or join the debate with Global Affairs classes.
- FEAST FOR THE EYES
While travelling is challenging at the moment, virtual travel can instantly bring you to places once visited and unleash wonderful, comforting memories; or introduce you to a whole new world of sights, sounds, colours, and intriguing traditions. Choose one or all 5 trips!
- SOCIALIZE IN A NEW WAY
We all know the benefits of connecting to others, the sense of well-being we feel when we are amongst others be it physically or via technology; our virtual Social Clubs and support groups allow you to connect others, share stories, play games, and simply know that you are not alone during these trying times.
- STAY AGILE
Agility training will not only improve balance but will also improve mind-body connection by helping the body learn correct body placement, critical to helping you protect sensitive areas such as knees, lower back, and shoulders when we need to move suddenly. When we practise agility type movements, we are building new pathways in our brain (neuroplasticity) which ultimately protects our aging bodies! For a fun and great way to improve agility is through dance! Choose from one of 9 dance-type classes from Dance to the Rhythm and Line Dancing, to Cardio Lite and Broadway Boogie.
- GIVING YOUR TIME
Share your time, passion, and skill through volunteering. Helping others can provide a healthy boost to your self-confidence and overall life satisfaction. Doing good for others and the community can provide a natural sense of accomplishment. The Volunteer department at Cummings offers stimulating opportunities that will provide you with a sense of pride, growth, and fulfillment.
To find your passion, click here for a full list of programs or call 514.343.3510.
The Cummings Centre’s mission is to empower and enhance the quality of life of adults age 50 and over by providing dynamic and innovative programs, social services, and volunteer opportunities in a vibrant, respectful, inclusive and compassionate environment. Building on its Jewish heritage, Cummings embraces people from all ethnic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.
As the hub of Montreal’s 50+ community, the Centre touches the lives of 10,000 people on an annual basis.
For more information, please contact us by phone at 514-343-3510, online at www.cummingscentre.org or in person at 5700 Westbury Avenue.