This important international U3A conference will bring together the combined Governing Boards of AIUTA, the International Association of Universities of the Third Age, and the U3A Asia Pacific Alliance.
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Issue number one hundred and eighty-six (July 2016) from the U3A Asia Pacific Alliance and WorldU3A Service.

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Osaka Conference: Maria Chester, AIUTA Secretary General; Pam Jones, Chairman of UK Third Age Trust, and Tom Holloway, Convener of U3A Asia Pacific Alliance, were all guests at the recent All-Scotland U3A AGM held in Stirling, Scotland.

It was a wonderful opportunity to discuss publicity and speaking arrangements for the forthcoming Osaka International Conference.

La conférence internationale de l'AIUTA à Reims a accueilli pour la première fois les représentants des Universités du troisième Age de La Corogne et de Valence en Espagne au coté des représentants d'Alicante et de Barcelone qui sont intervenus lors de présentations sur l'histoire des Universités du Troisième Age dans le Monde.

Delegates from U3As La Coruna and Valencia participate with Alicante and Barcelona to the AIUTA Reims International Conference and deliver speeches on the history of U3As in Spain La Coruna and Valencia to the audience. This is the first participation of these two U3As.

The Centre is an international centre of excellence within Oxford University’s Department of Psychiatry. We work with partners around the world to prevent depression and enhance human potential through the therapeutic use of mindfulness.

The benefits of mindfulness in preventing serious depression and emotional distress have been proven by more than ten clinical trials. Work continues to explore what works for whom. We are also exploring how to support graduates of 8-week MBCT programmes stay well in the long term. We have supported adapting the MBCT approach to other disorders, using new understandings from neuroscience and experimental cognitive science. Extending MBCT to people who are struggling to keep up with the demands of the modern world has also been a key development.
Thank you Maggie - U3A Shoreham, UK

All Smart-phone Users: The following three reasonably non-technical tips are definitely worth reading.

FIRST (Emergency) -- The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobile is 112. If you find yourself out of the coverage area of your mobile network and there is an Emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly, this number 112 can be dialed even if the keypad is locked. Try it out.

SECOND (Hidden Battery Power)Imagine your cell battery is very low. To activate, press the keys *3370#. Your cell phone will restart with this reserve and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery. This reserve will get charged when you charge your cell phone next time.

THIRD (How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone? ) To check your Mobile phone's serial number, key in the following Digits on your phone:
A 15-digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere safe.

If your phone is stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able to block your handset so even if the thief changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless. You probably won't get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can't use/sell it either. If everybody does this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones.

Thank you Kathrine - U3A Durban

Sci/Tech Groups: DNA is one of the most amazing molecules in nature, providing a way to carry the instructions needed to create almost any lifeform on Earth in a microscopic package. Now scientists are finding ways to push DNA even further, using it not just to store information but to create physical components in a range of biological machines.

A group discussion based on this article >>>

Setopati Syangja, Nepal: Durga Bahadur B.K is one example of many to prove that there is no age bar for learning. He is studying in a school at grade 10 at the age of 68. "I was deprived of education when I was young because of my parent's poor economic condition” he lamented. He has a desire for higher education. However, due to the poor economic condition he doubts whether his desire will ever be fulfilled.
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You will have the opportunity to engage in online discussions, and can also participate in new research in this field, to help us determine the most effective ways to help people reduce their dementia risk.

Preventing Dementia is designed to be accessible and appealing to people from diverse backgrounds including Community and residential aged care staff and individuals with a general interest in brain health and/or dementia
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Report by Dr Pradeep Sinha: Our respected colleague, Dr Meena Darbari of U3A Allahabad is really doing a tremendous job. You see her here on the right of the picture.

A remote village. An unfinished house by personal approach, motivation of young boys and girls to bring very small children from their houses for distribution of books, and small children reacting for us "Johny Johny Yes Papa".

We should be proud of all the work U3A in India is doing in the community to help dispossessed farmers and distressed families. Let us make it a national movement.

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