Lifelong learning is in important factor in our overall health. Those who actively seek new information can enjoy improved memory and cognitive function, increased self-confidence, and a feeling of accomplishment.
Pursuing this type of education can be particularly beneficial for retired individuals who may have limited social interactions or access to learning opportunities because they are no longer part of a day-to-day working environment.
“We know there are so many health benefits to maintaining connections and keeping your mind sharp,” said Dori Sullens, director of community education at McHenry County College (MCC), who oversees the Retired Adults Program (RAP). “That’s why we’re so happy we’ve still been able to provide our learning opportunities remotely this fall when many activities have been canceled due to the pandemic.”
The RAP at MCC is designed for people ages 50 and up who are active, inquisitive, and have a genuine desire to continue learning. And while RAP classes are delivered in a virtual format for Fall 2020, the classes can regularly be a great opportunity to meet and interact with like-minded individuals throughout the county.
“Our classes cover a wide variety of topics including philosophy, science, history, technology, politics, health and wellness, and more,” said Sullens. “Participants receive a monthly email listing upcoming course offerings. There are no exams, homework, or grades—so you can really enjoy the topics covered.”
A one-year membership to the program costs $25 and is renewable every June 1. Individual courses may also include an additional small fee.
Some of the Fall 2020 topics include American Sign Language, historical examinations of various eras, a writers’ workshop, fossils, alien conspiracies, and paranormal studies.
Visit www.mchenry.edu/rap to learn more about the program, or call (815) 454-8588 to enroll today.