Do You Speak Vulcan?

If you're a follower, or even fan, of Star Trek, you almost certainly recognise the expression Dif-tor heh smusma, which, of course, when translated into English, means "Live long and prosper", famously spoken by Mr Spock.

To prosper, or to flourish in life is a positive thing and is to be desired, whether one is Vulcan or human.

Let us pose some questions:
  • Are you semi-retired and speak Vulcan?
  • Are you fully-retired and speak Vulcan?
  • Do you speak Vulcan and have parents who are semi-retired or fully-retired?
  • Are you semi-retired, speak Vulcan and have parents who are retired?
  • Do you speak Vulcan, are still working and have grandparents who are retired?

Why all this talk about retirement?

Did you know that people who engage in social activity significantly increase their chances of "living long and prospering"? This is the case at any age but it is particularly so when people are older and in their retirement years.

If you speak Vulcan, you are to be congratulated for learning a foreign an alien language. 

HOWEVER, our primary concern is the semi/fully-retired people in your family; also friends and other people whom you may know. Wouldn't you want those people close to you to "live long and prosper"?

We are Aintree U3A. We're part of the national organisation of U3A.

U3As are self-help, self-managed lifelong learning co-operatives for older people no longer in full-time work, providing opportunities for their members to share learning experiences in a wide range of interest groups and to pursue learning not for qualifications, but for fun.

In as much as Mr Spock encourages us all to "live long and prosper", we, too, encourage older people to, similarly, "live long and prosper", pursuing those activities which bring them joy.

Evidence Supporting Living Longer and Prospering

  • Social participation reduces depressive symptoms among older adults: An 18-year longitudinal analysis in Taiwan   0k - 27 Oct 2019, 07:15 by webeditor aintreeu3a (v1)
    ‎These findings suggest that maintaining or initiating social participation in later life benefits the mental health of older adults. Facilitating social activities among older adults is a promising direction for programs intended to promote mental health and successful aging among older adults in Taiwan.‎
  • Meals for one: how eating alone affects the health of the elderly   0k - 27 Oct 2019, 07:13 by webeditor aintreeu3a (v1)
    ‎People’s diet is not fixed: it changes over time. Furthermore, the ability to eat healthily is influenced by a person’s social environment – including factors such as marriage, cohabitation, friendship and general social interaction. As people age, they are less likely to eat well – and when older people are living alone their diet often suffers.These findings suggest that improving people’s social ties can have a positive impact on health.‎
  • Low level social engagement as a precursor of mortality in later life   0k - 27 Oct 2019, 07:09 by webeditor aintreeu3a (v1)
    ‎This study presents evidence which suggests that a low level of social engagement acts as a sole precursor for later mortality.‎
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We encourage you to explore our site. If you feel that your parents or grandparents may benefit from U3A, then please send them this website or talk to them about it. 

Alternatively, if you can see some benefit for yourself, please contact us.

You could even start your own Star Trek interest group.

Welcome to Aintree U3A