Last week, I got to semicircle up with over a dozen of the most amazing people in our arts community -- my fellow UA teachers. We convene for a week each year for intensive training and brainstorming, and this week was particularly engaging and inspiring for me!
DID YOU KNOW?
-The brain has the most synapses at 6 years old.
-By 14 years old, our brains have pruned out the vast majority of those synapses, retaining only those most-used (for better or worse.)
-Though the brain is technically finished developing by 24, it has the capacity to continue creating new synapses throughout life.
-People who dance regularly reduce their risk of dimentia onset and Alzheimer's Disease by 75%.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, and the information comes at an opportune time, as I'm about to speak for a new seniors group, OWLS, at St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church. Between the local dance company Kairos who presented at our training, PBS' fascinating special "Arts & the Mind," ArtSage Minnesota, and many other available resources, I hope to continue learning more so that I can share some of this remarkable information with St. Philip's group, and others!
In the meantime, I'm looking forward to beginning a new teaching season with Upstream Arts next week! Here's to a healthy, body-brain-building year.