Lifelong Learning: Peer Teaching and Learning

Arts and Aging – Free, self-guided, online course for teaching artists interested in learning how to lead lifelong learning programs in the arts that engage older people as creators.

Boomers and Beyond – The Boomers and Beyond Special Interest Group (SIG), founded in 2007 to bring together kindred spirits interested in exploring positive, creative and successful aging, meets on the telephone on the first Tuesday of each month at 12:00 noon EST. It’s a free call open to multidisciplinary professionals who are themselves in the boomers and beyond age group and/or work with clients in the second half of life. This group provides a vehicle to discuss relevant topics and to share resources with each other.

Wiser Together  brings older and younger leaders together in World Cafés to talk either face-to-face or virtually through the Internet about partnering across generations for the Common Good.  At the 8th International Positive Ageing Conference held August 2016 in Washington DC, the Pass It On Network partnered with The World Café to convene a Wiser Together Café.  Shepherded by the co-founders of The World Café, Juanita Brown and David Isaacs, 40 olders and youngers responded to the question:  “How can we access the unique contributions of all generations to foster wise and committed action for life-affirming futures – for our organizations, our communities, and our beloved planet?”  The Harvest Report presents an attractive summary, showing the specific questions that were asked, photos of the conversation process, and illustrated findings.  

U3A Online – A worldwide network based in Australia. U3A Online is an independent and autonomous U3A. U3A Online is the world-first virtual University of the Third Age delivering online learning via the Internet. All that’s needed to study online is access to a computer, tablet or other device with an Internet connection – and some basic computing skills. U3A Online offers many other useful resources for older people, especially those who are geographically, physically or socially isolated.

Conference Planning Guide. For all of us who have volunteered to help plan a conference without really knowing what that entails. Tom Holloway,  our Pass It On Network Liaison from U3A (Universities for the Third Age) describes the tasks to be accomplished from 14 months before the conference to follow-up activities after the conference.  You can just print this out and use it yourself or hand it over to the advocacy leader who says, “I would like to be involved but I don’t really know how to go about it.”