psychological stimulation; mental stimulation; University of the Thierd Age
Chowanna, 2009, t. 2, s. 115-126
The paper presents a general characteristics of aged people, their needs and
opportunities of development. One of the needs is the necessity of mental stimulation,
which can be satisfied through participation in activities offered by Third Age University.
Huge growth of the number of aged people in developed countries including Poland
contributes to the development of Third Age Universities not only as one of the forms of
continuous education but also as a community of elderly people.
The number of Third Age Universities in Poland, though not exactly known, is estimated
at about 130 and is still growing.
One of such institutions is the Third Age University attached to the University of
Silesia. It started in the academic year 1982/83 and the current number of students is
about 1800, including separate groups in Katowice, Sosnowiec and Jastrzębie with over
1100, 500 and 300 people, respectively. The students can choose from a wide offer of
activities ranging from lectures, classes and seminars to trips and activities involving
In October 2007 the Third Age University attached to the University of Silesia was
an organizer of an all‑Poland
conference “To study to be”.