Third Age Nipissing – Lifelong Learning

Third Age Nipissing Receives Funding

Our committee is excited to be able to offer our members 3 sessions through zoom in April. I am sure everyone will enjoy our choice of speakers.

In February, many of our committee members attended a conference given through zoom by Canadore College and the Village. The conference was about Social Isolation in seniors. At the conference we found out about some grant money available from the Village for organizations in the community who are focused on seniors and combatting social isolation. 

We applied and received some grant money for our organization. The money must be used before March of 2022. 

With this money our committee is planning to offer at least 6 zoom sessions (excluding the summer months) before the end of 2021. We would like to be able to purchase equipment so the sessions can be recorded if our members are not free to attend our designated sessions. We also want to increase our membership to include retirement homes and perhaps residents at assisted living centers, so they can benefit and enjoy our sessions.

Post pandemic, when we are able to meet in a social setting, we would also like to continue to offer our zoom sessions for members who cannot make it to the sessions or would like to partake in the sessions at a later date. Snowbirds, who will be able to travel again will still be able to enjoy our zoom sessions from their winter home. 

Feel free to think about future zoom sessions this year. If anyone has any suggestions for speakers and/or topics, we would love to have some suggestions. You can contact us here.

Thank you,

Sue Rhoads and Sue Priebe
co-chairs of Third Age Nipissing.

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.

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