John, Swanland u3a
As part of our u3a day celebrations, we had a meeting on ‘Positive Ageing.’
I am an ex teacher - I retired in 2012 - and was always shocked at how dismissive many of the kids and their parents were of 50+ people, not always aggressively but more of a view that they were past it and not ‘up to date’ in their views. Many older people have so much to offer younger people and society generally, this is increasingly important in context of pandemic. Like much prejudice and general thoughtlessness ageism sometimes seems pervasive, the source and reasoning hard to pin down. So Push Back against Ageism is a good slogan!
Personally the u3a movement has enabled me to develop new interests, maintain old ones and to meet new people with many diverse life experiences.
I joined the local committee last year and feel that I have been able to contribute to this bigger picture by taking on the role of Zoom Co-ordinator. I have hosted a twice monthly Zoom lecture programme for our members as well as two virtual AGM’s; initiated a Zoom Drop In for members to attend for a coffee and a chat and finally, organised a training programme in Zoom skills. None this would have been possible without the help and support of our Web Admin, Keith - another thing the u3a is about is supporting each other!