“Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will.”—Vernon Howard
Regardless of your age or education level, there is always something new to learn and uncover. Undoubtedly, opportunities for learning are all around you! In our vibrant world, there’s so much to do and see that you’ll always find new people, places and topics to explore.
Studies have also suggested that learning new things – at any age – not only widens your worldview, but is also important for reducing your risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease later in life. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “Formal education in any stage of life will help reduce your risk of cognitive decline and dementia.” The organization recommends taking a class at a local college, community center or online as a way to improve your cognitive health now and in the future.
Taking a class is just one way to learn something new, keep your mind sharp and continue your active lifestyle. Visiting a new place, meeting new people, learning a new skill and even playing a new game are all great ways to be a lifelong learner.
Countless educational opportunities
At The Village at Gainesville, Gainesville’s premier active senior living community, we proudly offer residents countless educational opportunities for lifelong learning and intellectual enrichment. From on-campus classes and group activities, to workshops and local trips, there’s something that will interest everyone.
Listed below is a sampling of the intellectually engaging programming and exciting educational opportunities at The Village at Gainesville:
- Art classes for both beginners and advanced artists
- Group singing lessons
- Health and wellness workshops
- Instructed improv groups
- Billiards classes
- Technology and personal device classes
- Bible study
- Current events conversations
- Great Courses, a lecture series that airs on our community television channel
- Writing workshops
- Film screenings
- …and more!
If you don’t see anything on the calendar that interests you, residents are always invited to suggest ideas to the activities and program directors because we determine the activities we offer based on the wants and needs of our residents. With that in mind, if you don’t see an interest of yours represented, you can work with the resident services team to make it happen at The Village at Gainesville!
So much knowledge nearby
In addition to our own intellectually stimulating programming, The Village is proud to have engagements with both Santa Fe College and the University of Florida, both just minutes from The Village. Classes and lectures from the nearby institutions are regularly held at the community, free of charge for residents.
The relationship with Santa Fe College also includes trips to the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium. According to its website, the planetarium “employ[s] the latest educationally innovative technology in a unique immersive-learning environment for SF and UF students, public and private school children, community groups, and the public of North Central Florida.” This unusual attraction is widely appealing and often a special treat.
Gainesville is also home to many museums, historical sites and other educational resources and attractions. Their proximity and reputation make them great places to visit and learn something new. From classes and exhibits, to tours and shows, Gainesville offers a lot to learn. These are some of Gainesville’s most popular places to visit:
- Santa Fe College
- University of Florida
- Florida Museum of Natural History and its Butterfly Rainforest
- Harn Museum of Art
- Kika Silva Pla Planetarium
- Matheson History Museum
- Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention
- Morningside Nature Center
- Alachua County Library District
- Historic Haile Homestead
The Village often organizes trips so residents can easily and conveniently visit these exciting attractions in the area. No matter where you end up, you’ll find something new to learn!
To explore more lifelong learning opportunities at The Village, give us a call at 352-548-3507, or visit us online to request a personal appointment and tour. We’d love to answer any questions you may have!