LOOKING AT LIFE EXPERIENCE
The group meets once a month at HAC. We generally choose a topic for discussion each session relating to some aspect of the lives of our ancestors. The discussion can include: background information prepared by someone in the group; sharing what we have found about our own families in relation to the topic; resources for further research and helping each other get round "brick walls" in our family tree. All levels of experience welcome.
Group Leaders - Audrey Jarvis & Kathy Westhead
Mild memory problems, such as not remembering someone’s name, or what you went upstairs for, happen to everyone, but tend to become more frequent and more worrying as we get older.
Understanding something about how your memory works (such as how information gets into your short term memory, and ways to help it move to long term memory), can help reduce anxiety about memory. There may be lifestyle changes that could benefit our memory abilities, reduce the risk of Vascular Dementia or lessen the impact of other types of dementia on daily life.
The U3A Memory Course is informative, rather than therapeutic. It is a short course of 4 sessions, each of 90 minutes, for a small interactive group of up to 12 members at a time. The members of each course need to be reasonably certain they can attend all four sessions. Very different, therefore, from most of our U3A groups, which tend to be ongoing, where members may come in and out to fit in with other commitments.
That is why you will not see the dates for a Memory Course in our diary. Instead, we run a seminar every so often, to give you more information about it, at which you can decide if you would like to attend a course. Look out for notice of a seminar in the termly newsletter, or contact Kathy Westhead (one of the administrators) on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 8422 9895 and she will let you know when the next one is arranged.
Starting small, we hope to discuss simple ideas which could develop into much deeper discussions - How philosophy can change your life; the ideas of Plato, Darwin, Freud, to name but a few. The current situation raises so many issues ripe for discussion.
Group Leader - Lynne Dorff
Psychology of Everyday Life
This is an interactive group run by Ann Harris, a former lecturer in Psychology.
We look at everyday topics that concern us from a psychological perspective; some recent subjects discussed have been Addictions, Crime, Aspects of Memory and Nostalgia.
No previous knowledge of psychology is needed; just bring along your life experience.
Group Leader - Ann Harris