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Issue number one hundred and ninety-nine (August 2017) from the WorldU3A Service and the U3A Asia Pacific Alliance

The Positive Aging movement stresses the importance of encouraging older adults to be proactive in support of all of the factors contributing to healthy aging. The Pass It On Network emphasizes the capacity of older adults to self-organize and help themselves and others find or create what’s needed to thrive.

Their mission is to spread information worldwide about Positive Aging programs led by older adults who share their strengths to help themselves, each other, and their communities. They are developing an on-line directory of innovative resources to encourage program replication around the globe that is adaptive to local language, culture and needs. Their latest newsletter can be see at

To learn more click on the button above, or click here >>>


U3A Online is an individual, independent and autonomous U3A. It is the world-first virtual University of the Third Age delivering online learning via the Internet. All that's needed to study online is access to a computer, tablet or other device with an Internet connection - and some basic computing skills. Our courses are open to all older people and disabled younger people anywhere in the world. Three new courses are announced:--

The History of Mystery - This course traces the history of the mystery novel
Food for Thought, Western Philosophy -- starting on August 7th (with course leader)
Storytelling with Pictures -- starting on August 14th (with course leader)


The mission of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) is to enrich society through ideas and action. It does this by means of RSA-animate; short essays using an innovative, accessible and unique way of illustrating and sharing world-changing ideas. As an example, watch "Changing Education Paradigms" All audio and video files produced by the RSA public events team are available free to view and download. They allow anyone to access their content electronically without charge.


The new iOS map app has some lovely features, brilliant for walkers and cyclists. It costs £5 but down-loading offline maps to anywhere is free after that. There's a clever feature where you can get an on-screen elevation profile between any two points on the map ...

An excellent guide to how the new features can be used is available at


Total Choir Resources is here to help new and inexperienced choir leaders get the skills and confidence they need to lead theirs choirs to the very best of their ability. You'll find new articles covering all sorts of choir-leading topics: warm-ups, rehearsal planning, choir management, performance technique. Also:---

Five simple rounds for your choir
Podcasts - how to re-energise choir rehearsals with a new perspective
Ten fun and easy warm-ups for your choir

Bitcoin has made plenty of headlines since the cryptocurrency first emerged in 2009, but more recently attention has turned to its underlying technology: the blockchain. Blockchains are a way of storing information (transactions, in Bitcoin’s case) in a distributed way: sharing it between many parties, thus doing away with the need for a trusted central server. As a result a number of banks, including Deutsche Bank, Barclays and Santander, have started exploring blockchain’s potential to make payments faster, cheaper and more transparent.

However its potential use is vast. It could be applied to almost any form of record-keeping, agreement, contract or register. The UK government is to start exploring how it could use the blockchain for public services, such as registration for online voting. To learn more click here >>> and for a highly illuminating 30 minute explanation by Andreas Antonopoulos entitled 'Blockchain vs. Bullshit: Thoughts on the Future of Money' click here >>>


The role of Telomerase in human ageing is becoming clearer due to the work of Tasmanian Dr Elizabeth Blackburn, Nobel Prize-winner and President of the Salk Institute. Dr. Blackburn is a leader in the area of telomere and telomerase research. She discovered the molecular nature of telomeres-the ends of eukaryotic chromosomes that serve as protective caps essential for preserving the genetic information – and discovered the enzyme telomerase, which replenishes telomeres.

A video of Dr Blackburn explaining telomeres can be seen here >>> and an extended discussion about the way in which stress and low activity appears adversely to affect the renewal of telomeres can be seen here >>>

Contributed by Moira Allan of PassitonNetwork

The Alita Designs website provides hundreds of free cross stitch patterns that you can download, print and use in your crafts projects, all neatly categorized by theme.

The example shown here is a floral motif and border inspired by the traditional Bulgarian embroidery, size 47 x 47 stitches. Happy stitching!


Lundi 17 juillet une première expérience de lancement du nouveau moyen de communication AIUTA TV entre les Universités du Troisième Age de l'AIUTA a été expérimenté. Cette initiative est rendue possible grâce à l'appui de nos collègues de Bulgarie avec Georgi Stankov et avec le soutien du Secrétariat de l'AIUTA. Une première émission consacrée à l'historique des Universités du troisième Age a été réalisée en triplex avec Georgi en Bulgarie, Bilal en France au secrétariat de l'AIUTA et Chenxu en Espagne. Vous trouverez le lien pour pouvoir visionner
Cette nouvelle initiative sera présentée lors de la prochaine réunion du Conseil d'Administration de l'AIUTA à Bogota les 28-30 novembre 2017

July 17th, first experience on new network AIUTA TV was set up. This new tool will push U3As development and will be a strong way to communicate between AIUTA members thanks with Bulgarian AIUTA U3A initiative. First report focuss on the history of U3As with Georgi Stank in Bulgaria, Bilal in France AIUTA secretariat and Chenxu in Spain. You can find the link This new initiative will be presented to next AIUTA Governing Board in Bogota Colombia next 28th 30th November 2017

Elder-activists is a vision -- of individuals who use their life experiences, reflections and wisdom to inspire, educate and support each other in creating the future that will be our legacy.
"Create Community – begin conversations, share your ideas, inspire and support each other, have fun together!
Take Action - Participate in rallies, letter-writing campaigns and boycotts. Write to your elected officials. Let your voice be heard.
Build Sustainable Institutions - that will seed a positive future with food co-operatives, time banks, and good neighborhood schools."

Walk and Talk Therapy originated in the USA in the 80s and has proved to be an effective intervention that combines talk therapy, walking, and the outdoors. Therapists who have used Walk and Talk Therapy stated that many of their clients combined walking in the nature with holidays and thus felt very high spirited. They not only opened up more easily, they also improved their mental and physical health and at the same time reduce their level of depression. Several research studies have shown that physical activity can enhance the mental and physical health of clients.
In this project, the partners will develop a new course. Walk’n’Talk course. As the name implies, this
course offer will not take place within the limited space situation of normal classes, but outside in nature. To learn more click here >>>


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