Age-related degraded perception is not irreversible
By Abhilasha Kamre
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
― H. Jackson Brown Jr
We all are living in a busy world, running about to earn money for a better life and financial security. How many of us think about following our passion or hobby which we had developed when we were young? In these busy days we play different roles and while doing so we often forget who we really are and what we really want. But as they say that the only constant in life is change … life changes and you are never the same person you were some time ago. New life needs a new you!
As an Art teacher I always used to wonder why only children are enrolled for the creative workshops. Are the grown ups done with learning new skills? In this hectic lifestyle we need to adopt one hobby which can act as a stress buster and help us to handle daily challenges. Not only that, there are various studies that show that this helps in rejuvenating the brain and slowing down the process of aging.
“Age-related degraded perception is not irreversible; rather, it can be improved through training and learning,” explains Dr Hubert Dinse from the RUB Neural Plasticity Lab. The question researchers then asked was: if age-related impaired perception can be restored, will the age-related expansion of brain activity be reduced as well? In other words: can training and learning lead to a “rejuvenation” of the brain?
One day as I was working and making a plan to introduce the art structure for elders, I received a call from an elderly lady. Her voice trembled while she spoke, she conveyed that she wanted to learn the Art of Quilling. Mrs. Ladak, she introduced herself and insisted that I visit her house to teach her this craft. I was glad to hear from her but I told her that I did not do home visits. I was stunned to hear from her, that she was a 68 years old and could not travel this far, she also added that she would pay me extra for travelling and for my extra time. The passion and excitement in her voice about learning this art form could be felt over the phone. My reason for doing this work is not money so I refused to take the extra money for travel and time but I did agree to give her the classes.
Quilling is healing as she gets engrossed in the process of creating and forgets about all her worries. This filled my heart with love, joy, pride and satisfaction all at the same time. I had been a medium to bring this peace to her.
The right time is now!
I tried not to push her too hard while she took classes twice a week. We became more like friends. I asked her what took her so long to start learning this craft. She said, “being a woman we have different roles to play, a daughter, wife, mother. While working and earning for family members one forgets what one really wants.” She added, “Since, I am retired from all my responsibilities I decided to pursue things I left way back in the younger days, quilling being one of them. She has become a role model for me, I have learnt from her that we are never too old to learn anything new, that time will never stop for you and you shouldn’t wait for the right time to start. The day you decide something good for yourself that very moment is the right time to begin.
Her hands were shaky, but she mastered this craft
Her creative juices are oozing afresh ever since. She keeps on creating new beautiful pieces of Quilling Art, some wall hangings, wall clock design, greeting cards, Jewellery boxes, paper Jewellery etc. Occasionally gifting to her loved ones. Her age never stopped her, as she is self reliant by selling her artwork. Once she mentioned during our class that quilling is healing as she gets engrossed in the process of creating and forgets about all her worries. This filled my heart with love, joy, pride and satisfaction all at the same time. I had been a medium to bring this peace to her.