Talk:Education for the 3rd Age

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I find the topic of "Education for the 3rd Age" both fascinating and relevant. Primarily made of of baby boomers (born between 1946-1964) it is estimated boomers number some 450 million worldwide. Coined "Third Agers", there is a rapidly increasing focus on what this cohort is looking for with regards to creating meaningful and purposeful lives. www.trendwatching.com

The original wiki page went directly into describing the University of the Third Age (U3A) with little introduction about who Third Agers are. I found myself quite confused around the topic and not clear on the distinction between Third Agers and the University of the Third Age. I felt both an overview and more in depth description of who Third Agers are was required so the reader could better understand the makeup of this particular constituent as well as the significance education plays in the lives of this cohort. By only discussing U3A's, a clear and comprehensive understanding of this wiki topic was not achieved. My intention was to disambiguate the perception that U3A's are the only institutions that offer educational opportunities to Third Agers. Additional insertions were made to both the resource as well as the report lists.

After reviewing the original version, I felt the quality of this wiki page could be greatly enhanced with a more thorough offering of information. My intention was to create a logical flow for the reader to follow and for that reason, the table of contents was rearranged in the following manner:

1 Overview 1.1 Definition

2 Evolution of the Third Age 2.1 Who are the Third Agers? 2.2 Historical Place in Society

3 Formal Educational Opportunities for Third Agers 3.1 University of the Third Age (U3A) 3.2 U3A Movement 3.3 Simon Fraser University (SFU) Seniors Program

4 Informal Educational Opportunities for Third Agers 4.1 Volunteerism & Mentorship 4.2 Non-credit continuing education

5 Economic Implications for Third Agers

6 See also

7 Resources 7.1 History 7.2 Teaching 7.3 Associations & Universitites 7.4 Books 7.5 Research groups & reports

8 References