GRCC’s Older Learner Center starts club to keep brains limber and fit



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications



July 11, 2013 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College’s Older Learner Center is starting a club to keep a crucial organ in top condition: your brain.

The Brain Games Club will help older learners maintain and expand their memory and brain function with challenging mental games at monthly sessions.

A 2010 study funded by the National Institutes of Health explored which activities have the most impact on brain health. Of all factors — including diet, supplements and exercise — only “cognitive training,” such as puzzles and other “brain games,” was found to be closely associated with a decreased risk of mental decline.

“The new GRCC Older Learner Center Brain Games Club is the result of interest generated through the winning efforts of our 2013 Senior Odyssey of the Mind Team,” said center director Mike Faber. "The Senior Odyssey of Michigan competition provided OLC team members with the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of games and activities that stimulated their creativity, provided meaningful activity and, most importantly, helped them to exercise and maintain their brain function.

“With the development of the new OLC Brain Games Club, we hope to extend the social and mental benefits of a variety of brain-boosting activities with a larger group of individuals. The best part is that these activities are great fun — and will now be available year-round for those wishing to participate in the club.”

The club will meet from 1-2:30 p.m. in room 232 of GRCC’s Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center, 151 Fountain St NE, on:

  • Sept. 26.
  • Oct. 24.
  • Nov. 21.
  • Dec. 19.
  • Jan. 23, 2014.
  • Feb. 27, 2014.
  • March 27, 2014.
  • April 24, 2014.
  • May 22, 2014.
  • June 26, 2014.
  • July 24, 2014.
  • Aug. 28, 2014.

Annual club memberships, which run through August 2014, cost $50; sign up for a half-year membership for $25 any time after January 2014. Scholarships are available. To register, call 234-3400 or visit and click on the “CELL180 Brain Games Club” link under the Course Listing category.

GRCC’s Older Learner Center strives to meet the needs of older learners through outreach activities, leadership development, civic engagement, life enrichment and other lifelong learning opportunities for baby boomers and older people.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for more than 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.