The key to a long and healthy life is an active mind and body. The University of the Third Age, a continuing education program for men and women age 55 and older, offers a way to exercise both. Developed by University of Toulouse professor Pierre Vellas, the University of the Third Age celebrates its 30th anniversary at USD in 2008. The program, offered each January and July, provides three weeks of activities, guest speakers and field trips. Students first choose one of three early morning workshops: basic computer skills, conversational Spanish or a Tai Chi exercise class. Two hour-long sessions, with varying topics and speakers, follow. July presentations included music performances, educational travel in New Zealand, microfinance and worldwide economies, and officials from Chula Vista’s U.S. Olympic Training Center. “I love the six weeks a year with the University of the Third Age students,” says Jodi Waterhouse, program director for 10 years. “We give them half a day to close out the rest of the world and really focus and learn something new. There’s not an age limit to learn something new. So many people think you’re just supposed to curl up after retirement. We’ve got sharp, bright, community-minded and successful people.”
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