HOBBIES ARE GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH

Do you have a hobby? Hobbies can give meaning and purpose to your life in retirement. As Robert Putnam points out in his book, Bowling Alone, it’s easy to discount the importance of hobbies and social engagements. Putnam details the widespread decline in civic engagement, from PTA memberships to neighborhood potlucks and bowling leagues. Over a couple of generations, Americans have misplaced the concept of free time.

SPECIAL PLANS FOR YOUR SPECIAL PEOPLE

Lily is a beautiful, active and full of personality toddler who happens to have Down syndrome. Lily’s parents and I have been friends for years and I have the continuing pleasure of watching Lily and her siblings grow up. While Lily is becoming a physical therapy rock star and hitting all her milestones in a timely fashion, her parents have started planning for the future.

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WHY WE ENJOY OUR HOBBIES

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a hobby as “a pursuit outside one’s regular occupation, engaged in especially for relaxation.” Hobbies include anything from playing a musical instrument to gardening, bird watching or sewing. A hobby is a way of focusing on something you enjoy just for the sake of that enjoyment. It may also be a way to clear your mental palette. You could be stressed out by a situation at work or the challenges of raising children and need an escape.

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DISCOVER A LOVE OF LIFELONG LEARNING

Spanish is the only language offering for the 2018 Spring semester. Courses are $25, $40 or $50; the painting classes are $50. Classes are held at various locations, including churches, the Central Kentucky Computer Society, Lexington Senior Center, Lexington Theological Seminary, McConnell Springs Park and Sullivan University. Class size is limited.


The OLLI at UK hosts a number of events throughout the year such as the Donovan Forum, a speaker series and choral concerts. The Donovan Forum is free and open to the public. It is held on Thursdays at 2 p.m. beginning Feb. 15 through May 2 at the Lexington Senior Center. Topics this year will include How Lexington is Becoming a City of Literature; a presentation about the Tuskegee Airmen; a session on fraud, scams and exploitation of senior Kentuckians; Shaker Village; Korea; and barbershop quartets. Registration runs from Jan. 3-4, 2018 for members. Open registration to become a member and choose courses is Jan. 16. Visit www.uky.edu/olli or call (859) 257-2656 for more information.

ANGELA S. HOOVER

Angela S. Hoover is a Staff Writer for Living Well 60+ Magazine

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Curiosity, exploring interests and engagement are a few crucial ingredients to healthy and happy longevity. Enrolling in a class just for the love of learning is a great way to do this. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Kentucky offers educational and enrichment courses, forums, shared interest groups, trips and more for adults age 50 years and older. Membership for the full year is $25; summer programs are at a prorated fee. Members can also attend socials, special events and the UK Wellness Centers.


Courses vary every semester, including weekly classes or one-day intensives. The general course categories are Computers and Technology (covering subjects such as computer basics, software, photography, iPads and iPhones); Culture (covering diverse areas such as classic films, chocolate, Hindu mythology, Impressionism and international cuisine); Health and Wellness (course offerings include line dancing, fitness, yoga and tai chi); History and Government (topics include foreign policy, the War of 1812 and Kentucky’s contributions to American culture and character); Literature and Writing classes (including Fun with Poetry); Performing and Visual Arts (learn about the mountain dulcimer and participate in a reader’s theater or learn advanced painting techniques, beginning oil painting and water color); and Science and Environment (courses here include The Effects of Chemical, Biological and Nuclear Weapons, Understanding Cognitive Aging and Dementias and Gardening for the Living Landscape). A unique course is called Out of the Box. This year the class will explore The Origins of Sound and Its Under-Respected Powers.