”Beautiful Mind” manual is the fruit of an interesting project, oriented on activating, development of selfawareness and physical fitness of adults interested in improving their assets – most of all cognitive ones, but also physical and emotional – which inevitably decrease with age. Unless the degeneration, especially the premature one, is opposed by active lifestyle and engagement in intellectual work, which the title of the book relates to. (…)
The manual extends the offer with the set of active exercises included, dedicated to discovering one’s own body and mind, as well as providing them with new experiences and skills that prevent the premature ageing. This is one of the first such propositions on the Polish publishing market. It does indeed employ other strategies of psychophysical trainings that have been described earlier (from relax, through physical activities to exercises concerning sensual sensitivity, memory, language functions, speed reading techniques; and additionally it encourages using new technologies in the process of learning and social inclusion), so the subject isn’t entirely unfamiliar. This manual is dedicated to adults interested in using the increasing resources of free time in a way that makes it more valuable, as well as – as long as it’s inevitable in further perspective – in keeping awareness and positive attitude while ageing.
The selected subject area and range of exercises are very much adequate, as far as this age group is concerned. The added value of the book is its internationality. As it is a result of work of Authors from Poland, Italy and Spain, it encourages overcoming local stereotypes concerning opinions on ageing, and exchanging experiences in practice in that field made it possible to find culturally universal ideas for activities.
I’d like to recommend the manual to facilitators of nonformal education working with adults, including seniors, as well as to individuals who find the goals described above to be worthwhile and who want to manage their intellectual assets, regardless of their age.
prof. Dorota PodgórskaJachnik
Chair of Special Education and Speech Therapy Department
Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz