Issue number one hundred and ninety-three (February 2017) from the WorldU3A Service, the U3A Asia Pacific Alliance and the UK Third Age Trust International committee.

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AIUTA NEWS
SOUTH PACIFIC:
On his first day visit to South Pacific, AIUTA President Professor François Vellas met representatives from the University of New Caledonia in Noumea looking to start new U3A joining AIUTA. They discuss with Associate Professor Marc Menou on possible cooperation with regional U3As such Australia and Japan linked to New Caledonia with direct non stop flights to Tokyo, Osaka, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

Pendant le premier jour de sa visite dans les îles du Pacifique Sud, le Professeur Vellas, Président de l'AIUTA, a rencontré les représentants de l'Université de Nouvelle Calédonie à Nouméa qui souhaitent débuter la mise ne place d'une nouvelle université du troisième age. Les discussions avec M. Marc Menou Maitre de Conférence ont porté notamment sur les liens possibles avec l'Australie et le Japon dont les villes de Osaka, Tokyo, Brisbane, Melbourne et Sydney sont reliées par des vols directs à la Nouvelle Calédonie.

VANUATU: Prof François Vellas AIUTA President had a meeting with Honorable Jean Pierre NIRUA, Minister of Education Republic of Vanuatu and Ministry Director General of University of Third Age in Vanautu islands last wednesday 12th january. The Minister is considering to join AIUTA seeking technical assitance to join U3As worldwide movement. Also the discussion focused on permanent training on education for all the life to staff ministry. The Minister is looking to visit AIUTA Secretariat this year 2017.

Le Professeur François Vellas Président de l'AIUTA Président a rencontré M. Le Ministre de l'Education Nationale de la République du Vanuatu avec son Directeur Général à Port Vila le mercredi 12 janvier. Les discussions ont porté sur l'implantation d'une université du troisième age au Vanuatu et sur l'apport de l'AIUTA pour la formation des cadres du ministère sur l'éducation tout au long de la vie. Il est prévu que le Ministre visite le secrétariat de l'AIUTA en 2017

ALGARVE: AIUTA Executive board met the mayor of Faro on the visit to Algarve U3A. M. Rogério Conceição Bacalhau Coelho, Mayor of Faro congratulates AIUTA President and delegates and proposed to host a new AIUTA International Conference in 2019 in cooperation with U3A Algarve. Prof Carlos Santos, (front right) AIUTA deputy secretary general said that it would be a great opportunity to enhance U3A's and Education for life, not only in Portugal and Brazil, but also in lusophone speaking countries such as Guinéa, Angola, Capo Verde, Sao Tome and Mozambique.

Le Bureau de l'AIUTA a été reçu par M. le Maire de Faro. A cette occasion M. le Maire M. Rogério Conceição Bacalhau Coelho a proposé que la ville de Faro avec l'Université du Trsoisième Age de l'Algarve accueillent une prochaine conférence internationale de l'AIUTA à Faro en 2019. Le professeur Carlos Santos, Secrétaire Général Adjoint de l'AIUTA a souligné que ce serait une très bonne opportunité pour développer les Universités du Trosième Age dans les pays lusophones avec le Portugal et le Brésil et en direction de la Guinée, du Cap Vert, de Sao Tomé, de l'Angola et du Mozambique

BRATISLAVA: Click to download the registration form and the final version of the program for the next AIUTA conference in Bratislava 18th-20th May 2017.

Veuillez trouver ci-joint le formulaire d'enregistrement ainsi que la version finale du programme de la prochaine conférence de l'AIUTA qui aura lieu à Bratislava du 18 au 20 mai 2017.

Contact: Dr. Nadežda Hrapková, PhD. - E-mail: Nadezda.Hrapkova@rec.uniba.sk - Tel: 00421 - 2 - 50117 722 Mobil: 00421 - 911 233 758

BANGALORE: Lors du premier jour de leur visite en Inde, le vendredi 20 janvier 2017, le Président de l'AIUTA Professeur François Vellas et le Ministre Armoogum Parsuramen, Membre du Conseil d'Administration de l'AIUTA ont participé à une Conférence de l'université du Troisième Age. Ils ont été reçu par le fondateur de l'université et le Secrétaire Général Madan Baldota et les étudiants seniors. Les discussions ont porté sur la participation de l'université du Troisième Age de Bangalore à l'AIUTA et sur la préparation des coopérations avec la visite de l'Institut de Technologie qui apporte sa contribution à l’Université du Troisième de Bangalore.

Prof François VELLAS, AIUTA President and Minister Armoogum Parsuramen visited India U3A Bangalore on their first day visit to India on Friday January 20th. They participate to a workshop and discussed on participation to AIUTA programs with Secretary General Madan Baldota and Chairman of The University of Third Age in Bangalore. AIUTA delegation visited the Institute of Technology Bangalore and Director Rao Maanay linked with India U3A Bangalore and discussed on next future cooperation

CHENNAI: Chennai U3A welcomes AIUTA President Prof François Vellas and AIUTA GB member Prof Armoogum Parsuramen, founder Président U3A Mauritius in Chennai on saturday 21th january. A prestigious ceremony chaired by Cpt M Singaraja and Prof Dr Vedagiri Shanmuga'Sundaram has been organized with large Seniors participation and wonderful dance cultural event. AIUTA delegates spoke on AIUTA organization and contributions to education, research and international cooperation and exchange focusing on the Indian contribution to U3A World development. Prof V Chockalingam from Chennai U3A proposes to come to AIUTA Bratislava next may 2017.

L'Université du Troisième Age de Chennai et l Association des Seniors ont reçu à Chennai Madras le Président de l'AIUTA Professeur François Vellas et le Président Fondateur de l'Université du Troisième Age de Maurice Armoogum Parsuramen. Une prestigieuse cérémonie a été organisée présidée par le Capitaine Cpt M Singaraja et le Professeur Dr Vedagiri Shanmuga'Sundaram avec un très beau programme culturel de danse traditionnelle. Les représentants de l'AIUTA ont expliqué les objectifs et les réalisations de l'AIUTA en indiquant les possibilités de participation des U3A indiennes. Le Professeur V Chockalingam de l'université du Troisième Age de Chennai a proposé de venir participer à la prochaine Conférence Internationale de l'AIUTA a Bratislava en mai 2017

DELHI: Senior Citizens Council of India and Confederation of Senior Citizens Association of Delhi host on Sunday 22nd January, AIUTA Delegates AIUTA President, Prof François Vellas, chief guest and AIUTA GB Member and Mauritius U3A President Founder Minister Armoogum Parsuramen to the National Interaction Session on "Widening the International Network of U3A". President J.R. Gupta chairs this important conference with a large audience of seniors from Delhi Capital region focusing on international links between Indian's U3A and the AIUTA World International Network (International Association of Universities of Third Age. President Gupta proposed to develop new fields on cooperation and international from India U3As based on cultural festivals in India hosting U3As International Conference.

Le Senior Citizens Council of India and Confederation of Senior Citizens Association of Delhi ont reçu les délégués de l'AIUTA Prof François Vellas, et le President fondateur de l'Université du Troisième Age de Maurice Armoogon Parsuramen dans le cadre du National Interaction Session sur "Widening the International Network of U3A". J.R. Gupta a présidé cette importante conférence devant un grand auditoire de séniors venant le la capitale Delhi en centrant les débats sur la contribution de l'Inde au actions de l'AIUTA. Le président Gupta a proposé que l'Inde reçoive une conférence de l'AIUTA en l'associant aux très importants festivals culturels qui ont lieu en Inde chaque année

DJIBOUTI: Samedi 28 janvier, le Président de l'AIUTA lors de sa visite à Djibouti a rencontré Mohamed Wais, Directeur de cabinet de la Présidence de la République et Osman Abdi Mohamed, Directeur de l'ONDT. Les discussions ont porté sur le tourisme des séniors et le développement des Universités du Troisième Age. Une conférence internationale, associant les Universités du Troisième Age et le tourisme des séniors sera organisée à Djibouti dans le cadre du programme de la route d e la soie initié par la Chine et dont Djibouti représente une des étapes principales.

On saturday 28th, 2017, Porf François Vellas, AIUTA President visited Djibouti and met Mohamed Wais, Chief Présidential Administration and Osman Abdi Mohamed, Director 'ONDT. They discuss on senior tourism development with U3As and the preparation an International Conference on Silk Road project initiated from China focusing on Djibouti as one of the main hub for international exchange incuding education for all the life and senior tourism

A VIRTUAL CONFERENCE, sponsored by Age Without Borders and the Pass It On Network will take place from February 26th to March 4th.

The Mission: to age without the Inner Borders that keep us from living fully, discouraging us from trying new things, and allowing society to dictate what we can and cannot do; and to connect freely - without Outer Borders - with a global community of like minded, curious and engaged peers launching a movement of social change, impact and innovation. Among the worldwide experts gathered to answer questions are three of U3As most eminent and active speakers. For free admission simply click here >>>


China already has the world’s largest aging population, with around five workers for each retiree. By the end of 2015, more than 222 million Chinese were age 60 or older — 16 percent of the country’s total population. By 2020, that number is expected to reach 243 million. In Shanghai more than 30 percent of the population are currently 60 or above.

With the legal retirement age is set at 50 for women (55 for female civil servants) and 60 for men, and an overall life expectancy of 76.3 years, how to address the needs of this growing demographic has become an increasingly difficult problem to solve. And now that the first generation of parents affected by the one-child policy, enacted in 1980, is poised to retire, many are also faced with the so-called empty nest problem, with children living far away from their parents and grandparents.

Hou Xiaoying, a 70-year-old former computer engineer, has decided to enroll in intermediate-level English and Photoshop, as well as a travel course in which students learn about the history, culture, geography, customs, and language of a particular place, giving them a great deal of knowledge before they travel there in real life. Plus a total of 160 courses are available, from nutrition, wellness, singing, painting, and calligraphy to more challenging offerings like saxophone lessons and computer classes.

All UK Groups: Previously known as RNID, this website provides free advice on hearing problems and hearing aids. The services are provided in the community through a mix of home visits and drop-in services. All their 'Hear to Help' services are provided free of charge, delivered in partnership with and with the support of local hospital audiology departments.

Art Groups:
Mike Skidmore, a semi-professional portrait painter, introduces the fifth in his series of free tutorials. These are all one-page pdf documents, clearly illustrated, so they can be downloaded, copied and passed round a class for discussion and trial.

Vanessa Kettler provides a practical guide to improving balance and fall prevention and in her short free lessons she claims to help you "thrive while aging instead of having to endure the difficulties and challenges of getting older".

Stop having falls and feeling disoriented or dizzy.
Reduce pain and inflammation.
Reduce symptoms of arthritis, peripheral neuropathy, Parkinson's disease.
Get rid of lower back pain.
Walk much more easily.

Archaeology Groups: Geophysical technology has a huge role to play in archaeology, both through investigation of sites and landscapes, and also of smaller monuments such as buildings and tombs. An ongoing survey at Old Sarum in Wiltshire in the UK has been studying the area surrounding the remains of the Iron-age hillfort. Using GPR, magnetometry and earth resistance together has uncovered an unprecedented number of Roman and medieval structures, courtyards and other remains. This indicates that there was a much more substantial and complex settlement at Old Sarum much earlier than previously thought. Further work in 2017 may even prove claims of a late Saxon settlement and mint at the site. Learn more here >>>

Heritage Foundation is proud to host an International Conference on Services to the Elderly – Current challenges & Emerging trends in Hyderabad on 23-24 February 2017. On behalf of the International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing and Heritage Foundation and as a host, we have great pleasure in welcoming you to India for this important global conference. Further details here >>>

U3A ONLINE - YOUR VIRTUAL U3A - NEW COURSES
History of Espionage - Part One
This course on the world of espionage gives an insight into the use of ciphers and codes to facilitate the transfer of information secretly. It covers the history of the secret world of espionage, and the methods used to hide information in times of peace, war and commercial enterprise.

English Poetry from Chaucer to Ted Hughes
This course traces the history and development of English poetry, covers the main elements of poetry, and presents the major poets and their works of each era including Chaucer, the Renaissance, the Metaphysical poets, the great Romantics, the Victorians, the War Poets and the poets of the 20th and 21st centuries.
For more information about U3A Online click here >>>


U3A Senior Citizens Delhi: They have arranged following free facilities to senior citizens in its Recreation Centre, First Floor, Community Centre, Green Park Extension, New Delhi daily from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Both Senior Citizens ( Male & Female) are visiting daily.

1.Daily Spiritual Activities 2. Yoga & Laughing, 3. Free Consultation by Senior doctors, 4. Carrom-Board, 5. Newspapers/books 6. Chess 7. Physiotherapy (By Combo Machine 4 in 1) 8. Ludo, 9. Computer & Mobile (Smart Phones) Training, 10. Solutions & Consultation on problems of Senior Citizens by J.R. Gupta, President, 11. Protection of Lonely senior citizens from humiliations/abuses at the hands of their own children and others by J.R. Gupta, President. For their January newsletter click here >>>


Senior Citizens Council U3A of Delhi organized Republic Day celebrations at its Recreation Center, Green Park Extension on 26/01/2017 in which more than 200 senior citizens participated from Safdarjung Enclave, Green Park and nearby colonies, inspite of heavy rains. On this occasion, Shabd kirtan was recited by Sardar Sompal Singh, Head Granthi of Bada Gurudwara , Arjun Nagar followed by cultural program by eminent punjabi artists of Naksh Virsa Punjab Da International Bhangra Gidda Group, Janakpuri headed by Shri Sandeep Kumar Sharma.

U3A Online:
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