SOPA and u3a joined forces to host a two-part event entitled Rethinking Later Life. The event featured a varied programme of talks, activities and debate to challenge perceptions of growing older. Click on the links below to access programmes and slides from the event.
Rethinking Later Life – Part 1
- Programme - Rethinking Later Life – Part 1, 26th October 2021
- Val McDermid gave a captivating talk on her life and career as a journalist and author.
- Dr Louise Nicholls from the University of Strathclyde discussed her research into mental wellbeing and cognition in later life.
- Dr Alexandra Mavroeidi, also from the University of Strathclyde, reminded us of the importance of physical activity, through a presentation of her research entitled “Treat the Seat as a Treat”.
- David Paterson, Chair of SOPA’s Health and Wellbeing Group, presented findings from a survey undertaken by SOPA earlier this year on people’s experiences of accessing healthcare during the pandemic.
Rethinking Later Life – Part 2
- Programme - Rethinking Later Life – Part 2, 2nd November 2021
- Dr Valerie Wright (University of Glasgow) and Research Fellow Jade French (University of Stirling) discussed their creative research to explore what older adults want and need from their futures:
- Participants were able to take part in one of the following taster sessions:
- Qigong & Tai Chi – led by u3a’s National Subject Advisor, Pat Ryan
- Meditation/mindfulness – with professional therapist and Life Coach, Joyce Bunton
- Laughing yoga – led by laughter yoga teacher, Judith Walker
- Brian Taylor, former BBC Scotland political editor and journalist, chaired a lively debate on the motion “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks”. Speakers were from different ages and included Wade Academy pupils and u3a members.