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According to the Alzheimer's Society, it is estimated that more than a million people will suffer from Alzheimer's diseases by 2030. "Exercising the brain may preserve it, forestalling mental decline" (Grady, 2012). In North America and presumably globally to proactively curb potential economic issues as the baby boomers continue to age, we need to look at society through a lifelong learning lens. Taking a proactive approach to keeping our elderly population engaged through learning and their brains exercised as Grady described is important. The strain on the health care system and not to mention the families of the elderly would be lessened. As a society we are living longer; 85 years for men and 90 years for women making cognitive health vitally important.

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Important Web Links

JAPA - NJ Activity Professionals Association

https://www.njactivitypros.org/