What is “Third Age Learning?”
First of all, what is the third age? The first age is childhood; the second age is the time to earn a living and raise a family; the third age has been described as that time of life when men and women enjoy total independence.
Lifelong learning is an important part of healthy aging. It keeps your mind active and your brain engaged. Older adults report experiencing increased life satisfaction, enjoyment and self-confidence through learning.
Research has identified key motivational benefits of why third age learners are involved in continued learning which include: aging well, social networking, promoting healthy brain function.
The Third Age Learning Movement was established in France in 1973. It rapidly spread through Europe and the United Kingdom and first arrived in Canada, (Sherbrooke Quebec) in 1975. Worldwide, there are now many organizations offering third age learning opportunities through universities, community organizations, and independent groups like ours. There are now over 50 such learning groups in Canada with Third Age Nipissing being among one of the newer ones.
Third Age Nipissing Lifelong Learning Group
The new Third Age Nipissing Group (short form: 3ANip) formed in the fall of 2017. The mission of the group is to develop and present Third Age Learning experiences to those in the North Bay area. The objectives we wish to achieve include:
- to present a series of stimulating and enlightening presentations designed to appeal to a broad range of interest.
- to provide opportunities for this cohort to take part in lifelong learning activities for pleasure and personal fulfillment at a low cost.
- to create a community of people who come together to learn.