Definition of Third Age Learning:

Third age learning is not related to a specific age but to a period in one’s life (the third age) after the second age of full-time employment and parental responsibility and the first age of childhood. Some of the links on this page will refer to UA3. The University of the Third Age is an international movement whose aims are the education and stimulation of mainly retired members of the community—those in their third ‘age’ of life. It is commonly referred to as U3A.


U3A Online U3A Online is the world-first virtual University of the Third Age delivering online learning via the Internet. All that’s needed to study online is access to a computer with an Internet connection – and some basic computing skills. U3A Online offers many other useful resources for older people, especially those who are geographically, physically or socially isolated.

Third Age Learning: Books, articles and research studies compiled by the Third Age Network of Ontario.