U 3rd Age (University of the Third Age) started in 2012 with small group of 20 members, we now have 3,000 members (called ‘Friends’ who are subscribers) and we are still growing. As a not-for-profit organisation with no membership fees, we encourage later life learning among Seniors in Singapore on a peer learning community platform. Our hope is to reach out to U3As in Asia and beyond. We welcome friends from U3As worldwide to visit us and to share learning of their U3A activities.
U 3rd Age encourage Seniors to seek meanings in their life, through lifelong learning and social networking. It is by sharing experiences and making friends – regardless of whether they are rich, highly educated, or had held high job positions – that happy and active ageing is achieved.
U 3rd Age is also an environment where respect for life as a learning journey – making mistakes, missing opportunities, and learning to understand each other’s wisdom and cultural values. It is also the place where café conversations on health care and personal development are held. It is such activities that contributed to one’s developmental learning.
U 3rd Age offers community learning for Seniors through short courses for self-learning on appreciation of cultural arts to coaching for life-skills. Some of these courses are:
- Arts and Crafts activities;
- Creative Writing for Seniors;
- Guided Autobiography (GAB);
- Qigong for health and wellness;
- Intergenerational activities;
- Conversations on our SMS ‘Seniors-Meet-Seniors’ platform