Lecture series: Using the Years
Macclesfield - 26/09/2012
Speaker: Mrs Gillian Peall (Secretary to Macclesfield Rural University of the Third Age)
U3A stands for the University of the Third Age. They operate all over the UK and are charities in their own right which are run entirely by volunteers. Local U3As draw upon the knowledge, experience and skills of their own members to organise and provide interest groups in accordance with the wishes of the membership.
Gillian Peall is Secretary Macclesfield Rural U3A. U3As are self-help, self-managed lifelong learning co-operatives for older people no longer in full time work, providing opportunities for their members to pursue learning, not for qualifications but for fun.
Each afternoon session will be as follows:
2.30pm – Talk (up to 30 minutes)
3.00pm – Questions and answers
3.30pm – Light afternoon tea and informal conversation
4.00pm – Close
Venue: St Michael’s Church, Market Place, Macclesfield, SK10 1HW
Parking: Available in local multi-storey carparks
This lecture is part of a series which looks to explore the theme of ageing with its threats and opportunities.
How do we continue a rewarding life when we are no longer able to enjoy some of the pastimes of our younger years? What challenges does the church have to face up to in all of this? How do we support those with illnesses such as dementia to live well?
In her book ‘Borrowing from the Future’, community theologian Ann Morisy points out that we have traditionally accepted that there are three phases to life: birth to youth, the working years and then old age. But as life expectancy increases there are now four stages. There is an extra phase of about twenty years before old age when people are generally still active, but retired from work. These are often called the ‘Third Age’ (60-80 yrs). The opportunities and threats of this new Third Age are the subject of our autumn lecture series this year.