As an example of OLLI curriculum, Origami Memory Gymnastics (OMG) provides origami instruction logically and analytically. The mental deliberation, finger movement, and creative play are memory gymnastics. They activate prefrontal cortex that controls memory and cognitive function. In addition to origami art, OMG facilitates the discussion of emerging research on dementia intervention and prevention.
Origami art has been used in clinical therapy for Alzheimer, autism, and other neurological conditions. It has been advocated by neuroscientists to maintain brain fitness and make memories stick.