The Third Age Network (TAN) is a network of THIRD AGE LEARNING groups in Ontario. Third Age learning usually occurs in the retirement years for those who want to keep their brains and bodies active and meet stimulating new friends.
TAN’s Mission: To foster Third Age Learning and share issuesand solutions to common organizational challenges.We do this by promoting the establishment of organizations that provide opportunities for older adults to learn in a friendly, social setting and by supporting adult learning organizations in this process by sharing strategies and techniques to accomplish this goal.
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Third Age Learning Benefits
Social interaction and community involvement – cornerstones of lifelong learning groups – are directly associated with better mental and physical health.
Education is a major factor in enabling older people to cope with innumerable practical and psychological problems in a complex, changing and fractured world.
Economic benefits of intellectual stimulation for older people result as education fosters self-reliance and independence … thereby reducing the increasing demands being made on public and private resources.
Third Age learning programs are now found in countries all around the world. Some programs are loosely affiliated with a formal academic institution, while others are community based.