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Is there assistance to help older people learn new things?

Learning is one of the ‘five ways to wellbeing’ and there is a growing body of research that suggests that older people who keep learning can improve their quality and length of life. Learning doesn’t have to be sat in a classroom – it could be trying a new recipe, having a go on a computer or reading a book.

Age UK run a number of ‘lifelong learning’ classes such as ‘Computers for Beginners’, ‘Internet and Email’ and ‘Digital Photography and Enhancement’ that are held in their IT suite within Mansion House. They also run a programme of activities including card making, painting, floristry and different forms of dancing, exercise and therapies – trying one of these for the first time counts as learning!

University of the Third Age is a local group for older people no longer in full-time employment. They provide opportunities for their members to share learning experiences in a wide range of interest groups and to pursue learning; not for qualifications, but for fun. Activities include languages, music, dance, physical activities, reading, gardening, walking and so much more. Groups are held on a weekly basis and anyone is welcome to come along and try something new.

For those unable to access their local library there is also a free home delivery library service. A first referral visit will be carried out at your home to gain an idea of your reading tastes, and then you will be visited every four weeks by a member of the Community Services Team with a selection geared to your choice – click here or contact 01744 677 898 for further information.