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Issue number one hundred and ninety-eight (July 2017) from the WorldU3A Service and the U3A Asia Pacific Alliance
AIUTA - ECUADOR
Prof François Vellas, AIUTA President had a meeting in Malaga (Spain) last june 14th with Yannick Ducros, lecturer at Guayaquil University (2016). Yannick Ducros will assist AIUTA to establish cooperation with Ecuador U3As and will participate to new research programme on Creative Economic and Seniors.

Le Professeur François Vellas, Président de l'AIUTA a rencontré à Malaga en Espagne le 14 juin Yannick Ducros qui a enseigné à l'Uiversité à Guayaquil en 2016. Y Ducros va aider l'AIUTA à établir des liens avec les Universités du Troisième Age de l'Equateur et va également parciper au nouveau programme de recherche sur l'Economie Créative et les Séniors.

INDIA
A protest march to draw attention to World Elder Abuse Awareness Day took place at Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh India, monitored by a united forum of all the Senior Citizen Associations in Vizag.

Members of U3A, Shri Yechury SN Moorty, Savaram Ramakrishna Rao, Shri Kotturi Mangapathi, Senior Citizen organisations, SBI Pensioners' Association, Sneha Sandy's Help Age Foundation and other senior citizen welfare organisations were represented in a Marathon Walk on Beach Road, on 15/06/2017 at 06.00 am where around 100 senior citizen members took part.

Report from KV Shastri, Member U3A Visakhapatnam

MAURITIUS

A report from Moira Allan - 'Pass It On Network'.
Dr. A. Parsuramen, the Founder and President of Global Rainbow Foundation and members of Global Rainbow Foundation organised a five-day Memory Training course for the first time in Mauritius. The Course Leader was Ms Dana Steinova (left), who is a professional memory trainer and founder of many organisations. She is the 'Pass It On' representative for the Czech Republic and Armoogum Parsuramen is the representative for Mauritius.

"Memory Training is a unique way of how to compensate the imperfection of the brain with mnemonics for the healthy ones but we also have to equip the future trainers with the tools of how to work with people who already suffer from cognitive impairment. That is why half of the course is based on work with long term memory."
A more complete description of this event can be found here >>>

ALZHEIMERS

Lisa Genova is an American neuroscientist and author. She self-published her debut novel 'Still Alice' (2007), about a Harvard University professor who suffers early onset Alzheimer's disease. The novel received rave reviews and was adapted into a film in 2014 and won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Julianne Moore's highly acclaimed performance as Alice Howland. The trailer for that is here >>>

In her TED talk she explains some of the causes of this disease and also points to a way in which it can be slowed down or even prevented entirely.

This is of some interest to members of The University of the Third Age since it seems we may have hit on a winning strategy.

CURRENT AFFAIRS GROUPS
Gray Is Green is an online gathering of older adult Americans aspiring to create a green legacy for the future. As environmentally conscious elders, we respond to a generational call: to co-create a future of economic justice, ecological sustainability and social justice.

We hold next generations of humans in mind and consider the future of ecosystems and other species. We are alert to the historic challenges facing our planet. And we are aware of the question that will arise from our descendants generations hence:

What did you do, when you knew?

THE BALL PROJECT

A report from Hans Kr Guðmundsson, Chairman of U3A Reykjavik, on a new website http://catchtheball.eu/ -- a place to share your third age experience about using the opportunities, and contributing to society.

Personal Development Support: For individuals who need and want to evaluate their strengths, desires and possibilities to be prepared for the latter part of their lives.

The Warehouse of Opportunities: A virtual pool, a portal, where individuals get access to information on all relevant opportunities and assistance.

MARS

Sci/Tech Groups following current space programmes will be aware of recent successes on the part of the privately owned SPACEX Company drastically to reduce costs by recovering and reusing their Stage One rockets.

This, at a time when NASA are still reduced to paying Russia lots of dollars to fly everything american with 40-year-old (but reliable) Soyuz vehicles. Their own vehicle, the ORION, is not due to go into service until 2021.


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