Cornwall couple prove it’s never too late to learn something new

A couple from Liskeard are keeping their minds active and ageing well by learning Spanish on a course available from Cornwall Council’s Adult Education team that has been running for over 14 years.

Doris and David, in their 80’s from Liskeard, have told their story about how keeping their minds active has helped them in other aspects of their lives.

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A few years ago, David was diagnosed with Parkinson disease and deteriorated very rapidly, however, he carried on with as many activities as he could, including learning Spanish. 

The class has become a small community who have adapted their approach to learning so that David can fully take part, allowing him a bit of extra time to express himself in Spanish.

Doris said: “It helps David to keep his brain active, to be alert to things and to meet people. It’s kept him going, a pull and a focus on something”

Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Adults Rob Rotchell said: “Doris and David are a real inspiration to us all. Their thirst for learning and determination to keep going to the class every week has made a real difference to their lives.

“It goes to show how we can all take ownership of our own health and well-being to make sure we live as independent life as we can. Evidence shows that social isolation and loneliness is really bad for our health, and I think none of us want to end up needing lots of support as we get older”

Silvia Racca, the course tutor said: “Through learning a language we have the opportunity to exercise our brain, communicate and explore new cultures. All of us in the class are convinced this is helping us all to keep our brain healthy.”

The Adult Education team have a range of courses available across the county. Whether you want to keep your skills up to date, improve them to gain employment, move on at work, work in a new area or support self-employment; there is something for everyone.

Find out more on the Adult Education webpage.

Story posted 28 November 2018