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

Sent on the first day of every month to U3A members and kindred groups anywhere in the world.

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Please send items of possible interest to the editor, Tom Holloway.

Knitting/Embroidery/Tapestry Groups: Your Internet app has just arrived. It was bound to happen sooner or later. Are we ready for it? Probably not; but the Internet CAN enrich what we do at home and in our 'active learning' groups, and we shouldn't assume that future changes have nothing to offer.

Have a look, for example, at the rich resources of the Antique Pattern Library of tapestry pages.

See what's happening now at the Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh, Scotland - internationally renowned as a producer of hand-woven tapestry and gun-tufted rugs.

The Royal School of Needlework (RSN) is the international centre of excellence for the art of hand embroidery. With a thriving education programme, the RSN offers a range of courses for beginners through to advanced. Steeped in history with unrivalled expertise in the techniques of hand embroidery, the Royal School of Needlework has taken this captivating, traditional art and made it relevant today.

U3A CARE - Fear of falling:
- watch this American video illustrating how fear of falling can actually make a person far worse and thoughtless or careless recovery can actually makes things worse still - especially if they have dementia and no help to hand.

Just a reminder, there is still time to register for
Digital Globetrotting with the Pass It On Network
Tuesday, February 28 12:00 noon Eastern (9:00 am PST and 11 am CST)

Please join Jan Hively, Moira Allan, and country liaisons,
Hans Kristjan Gudmundsson, Dieter Zwicky, and Cullen T. Hayashida for a 1 hour interview with
Dorian Mintzer of
Revolutionize Retirement

You will be able to call in or access the call from your computer. It’s a free call, but you’ll need to register at Revolutionize Retirement.

If you are unable to make the call, go ahead and register. A recording will be sent to everyone who has registered.

Register Here!

Feeling the cold in Old Age:
Among the reasons:
a decrease in circulation as the walls of the blood vessels lose their elasticity and the thinning of the fat layer under the skin that helps conserve body heat. And as people age, their metabolic responses to the cold may be slower.

UK Cold Weather Payment
Cold Weather Payments are made during periods of very cold weather to help people pay for extra heatingcosts. To get a Cold Weather Payment, the average temperature where you or your parent lives must be recorded as, or forecast to be, 0°C or below for seven days in a row.
Your parent may be able to get Cold Weather Payments if they are getting Pension Credit, Income Support and have a pensioner or disability premium. A Cold Weather Payment is £25 for each period of very cold weather For information please go here >>>

UK Warm Home Discount scheme
The Warm Home Discount scheme is a four-year scheme that began in April 2011 to help low-income and vulnerable households with energy costs. Participating energy companies will be providing a discount of £130 on the electricity bills of certain customers in winter 2012/13. You or your parent may qualify for this £130 energy discount if on 21 July 2012 (the qualifying date) they were either aged under 80 and receiving only the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit (no Savings Credit), or aged 80 or over and were receiving the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit (even if they get Savings Credit as well. Click here for more >>>

Dobara Network:
A recent study has found that telltale signs, including a sudden decline in walking speed, is linked to an 86% chance of having a fall within the next three weeks. This means that robotic movement sensing systems in the homes of elderly people can predict with a high level of accuracy when a person is at high risk of having a fall and send warnings to support workers or relatives, say researchers. Elderly residents who were monitored by the system, which allowed clinicians to intervene before injuries occurred, were able to live independently for 1.8 years longer than those without the technology.

Marjorie Skubic, a professor of electrical and computer engineering who is pioneering the approach at a residence linked to the University of Missouri, said: “Our goal is to help people age in the home of their choice, which in many cases will be their existing home. People say ‘I want to stay in my own home’.” Click to learn more >>>

Jerica, Spain: On behalf Montse Amoros, AIUTA GB Member initiative, Bilal from AIUTA Secretariat participates to the new Jerica (Spain) official inauguration on saturday 4 february.
Jerica is a new initiative to develop education for all the life in rural areas and to host seniors students visitors. Montse Amoros AIUTA GB Member will present the Jerica U3A initiative and candidature to join AIUTA next GB in Bratislava.

Sous l'égide de Montse Amoros, membre du CA de l'AIUTA, Bilal du Secrétariat de l'AIUTA a participé à l’inauguration officielle de la nouvelle université du troisième âge de Jerica qui s'insère dans le cadre du développement de l'éducation tout au long de la vie en milieu rural. La nouvelle U3A de Jerica doit recevoir la visite d'étudiant séniors de plusieurs régions du Monde en développant des installations d'hébergement spécialement adaptées. Madame Amoros présentera cette initiative ainsi que la candidature de Jerica lors du prochain CA de l'AIUTA à Bratislava.

Colombia: Please would you BOOK your flight and SAVE the Dates next AIUTA 101e Governing Board and International Conference will be in Colombia next 23th 24th november. Flights are cheap if you book long time in advance -- example Varsovie Bogota 20th 27th november 605 €. All informations ask Gustavo Rodriguez,

Vous pouvez RESERVER votre vol pour le prochain CA et Conférence Internationale les 23 et 24 novembre prochain en Colombie
Longtemps à l'avance les vols sont peu chers par exemple Varsovie Bogota du 20 au 27 novembre est à 605 Euros. Toutes informations vous pouvez contacter Gustavo Rodriguez,

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