...to foster third age
learning in Ontario and share issues and solutions
common organizational challenges
Third Age learning groups are self-managed groups of seniors providing opportunities for members to share learning experiences in a wide range of subjects. Some groups are associated with universities or colleges while others are located in community centres. There are many groups active worldwide - in the USA, in the UK, in Australia, and in many other countries.
The Third Age Network in Ontario came out of an initial meeting in 2007 of lifelong learning groups in the Toronto area. Other senior learning organizations from outside Toronto have joined over the years and there are now 18 members from London to the Georgian Bay area representing more than 6000 senior lifelong learners in Southern Ontario.
Using modern digital technology we hope to make it possible for representatives of the network's member organizations to interact directly with other members and have a presence at regular group meetings where the distances involved inhibit travel.
Our goals are to share issues and solutions to common problems, including information on potential speakers, practical administrative details, interesting initiatives and marketing to seniors. We work with post secondary institutions, government and the private sector to support third age learning and one of our goals is to develop and promote conferences for third age learning in the future.
We invite other senior learning groups to contact us for further details.
Third Age Network, c/o Programs for 50+,
The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University,
350 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2K3