ARMIDALE’S branch of the University of the Third Age has been praised by Minister for Ageing John Ajaka after he visited the NSW annual conference on Friday.
“I strongly support the U3A because they stress the value of continuing mental, physical and social activity for people in their later years,” he said.
“I encourage seniors not to let age stand in the way of learning something new and to remain active both physically and mentally.
“U3A Network NSW is an organisation of 63 autonomous, community-based, not-for-profit groups that provide affordable, learning opportunities for seniors using the skills and abilities of members within the groups.
“Courses offered by U3A are as diverse as today’s seniors – there is everything from birdwatching to Zumba classes.”
Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall said the State Government had made a commitment to promote all the benefits of healthy ageing through remaining active and engaged with the community.
“To help extend the reach of U3A into regional areas across NSW and to financially support its forums and mini-conferences, the NSW Government has provided $130,000 across four years,” he said.
The theme of this year’s conference in Armidale was Opening Doors, Opening Minds.
Delegates from right around the state engaged in lively discussions on topics ranging from whether dementia prevention was possible and how older people could protect themselves from crime.