U3A offers 40 activities and classes for seniors in 2016
CLASSES offering retirees the opportunity to develop new skills or simply have fun and meet new people will start back up on February 1 when the Lismore University of the Third Age begins its first term.
Course coordinator Jean Cook said seniors from all walks of life were welcome, and while the organisation was called the University of the Third Age, it wasn't to be taken literally as a university.
"The third age is retirement ... this is the age that you do what you like," she said.
"If you are retired or semi-retired and have always wanted to learn another language, improve your computer skills, learn more about history or science, embroidery or photography, join a recorder class or simply stay fit by playing tennis or joining a Tai Chi class, then U3A is for you."
Mrs Cook said taking part in social, academic and physical activities was not only enjoyable, it helped improve health.
"(It's) important to help us stay sharp, healthy and maybe even ward off dementia," she said.
U3A will hold an open day on January 27, 9.30am-12.30pm at the Lismore Workers Club on Keen St.
The event invites all current members or interested new members to come along, meet the tutors, and find out more about U3A.
This year there are 40 classes on offer. Members can participate in as many classes as they like for one enrolment fee.