Friday Forum

On the 3rd Friday of each month during term time we will be hosting a Friday Speakers Forum. These events will be held in the main hall at Fripp Oval from 9-11am and morning tea will be available. Come along and catch up with other U3A members and enjoy an interesting presentation.

August 16th Falls Prevention

The use of ‘Apps’ on mobile devices to support well-being and exercising are becoming more popular. However, not all apps go through rigorous testing. Julia Dayhew and Leanne White from the StandingTall research project will talk about the research behind the development of an app called StandingTall, developed by NeuRa (Neuro Science Australia). The app delivers a home-based balance program through a mobile tablet device or computer. It is designed to be used by people over the age of 60 to improve their balance and reduce the risk of falls. Moderate to high-challenge balance exercises have been shown to be the single most effective approach to prevent falls in community-dwelling older people. This seminar will also discuss the next stage of the StandingTall research, where the Northern Rivers region has been selected to recruit people over the age of 60 to help validate the effectiveness of the app as a falls prevention initiative.

September 20th Nutrition and Ageing

The talk on Nutrition and Healthy Ageing will be delivered by Kelly Hamilton, the Ballina Dietitian who provides a clinical service in Ballina Hospital and to outpatients, as well as some community nutrition services. Kelly will inform us about the nutritional aspects we should focus on as we approach our senior years, as well as describing a healthy diet. This will include information on anti-inflammatory foods and nutrient dense foods, the important role of fibre especially regarding its role in feeding ‘good bacteria’ and what weight is best for seniors. How to make sense of food labelling information on packages and what to choose based on this data, will be explained and can make you a really smart and confident shopper. Please bring any food packaging examples that are hard to interpret, or any other examples of interest. 

October 18th Bill Boyd an Archeologist from SCU will present, Musings on the presentation of history … A ramble round the world. This talk will discuss how we may talk and think about the ways we do and can present history, and provides an excuse to talk about all sorts of really amazing places around the world. Examples will be given from Spain, England, Scotland, Canada and Egypt. This presentation may get the audience talking about their experiences anywhere in the world.

November 15th TBA