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Přínos univerzit třetího věku ke kvalitě života seniorů

Title in English The Contribution of Universities of The Third Age to Senior Citizens Quality of Life


Year of publication 2009
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Medicine

Description U3A courses are intended for people no longer in full time employment. The concept was first developed in France in the early 1970s. Masaryk University has been running U3A courses since 1990. In order to enter a U3A course one has to be already retired and to have A levels. Various analyses of the motives and the rising interest to start studying indicate that the courses increase the quality of life of the seniors. This paper aims to interpret the results of our survey and to thoroughly discuss the motives and reasons to partake in the U3A courses. A comparison drawn between our outcomes and other scientific studies points to a conclusion that U3A classes present an agreeable and dignified means to sustain a reasonable quality of life for a part of senior citizens. Among other benefits the seniors appreciate their engagement in social life, creating new social relations and the possibility to work voluntarily.

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