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Eventide launches innovative education series for residents and community

Lifelong learning builds brain power, and science can prove it.

According to the National Institute on Aging, people 65 and older who engage in activities that require learning new skills and ideas are more likely to feel happier, healthier and may improve certain areas of cognition.

Part of Eventide Senior Living Communities mission is to focus on all aspects of health—physical, financial, social, spiritual and mental—as a way to help residents, their families,  and community staff to live smarter, more fulfilling lives.

Doug Restemeyer of D-S Beverages walks Eventide University attendees through the origins of beer. The session included beer tasting.

To further the mission, Eventide recently developed Eventide University, an innovative lecture series that brings local and regional subject matter experts to Eventide campuses in Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo, and Jamestown. 

“Don’t worry, university instructors do not require school transcripts, and there aren’t any tests at the end,” Vice President of Marketing and Communications and Eventide University event coordinator Carrie Carney said. “We just want residents, their families, friends, as well as anyone from the community to enjoy a free learning environment that’s entertaining and social.” 

Since launching in fall 2022, Eventide University has hosted hands-on courses like writing a memoir and building a good Bloody Mary drink. The courses have also brought in community leaders like city mayors for lively lectures about the state of the cities. 

“Eventide University is all about offering our residents unique, relevant events and activities that ignite new ideas and perspectives,” Carney said. “It’s been a very popular program for us, and we hope to welcome more people from the community as we continue Eventide University in the future.”

Eventide University classes are free to residents and the public, but organizers ask attendees to register online or contact Carrie Carney at 218.291.2206 or carrie.carney@eventide.org. Registration may be limited depending on location.

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