Media Release: Brian Taylor rethinking later life debate


WHAT does a Tuesday autumn afternoon, some university researchers, and the political analyst and Herald columnist, Brian Taylor, have in common?

Together, they comprise part two of an online series to explore positive living in older age.

On November 2, Brian Taylor moderates a debate motion: ‘You can’t teach an old dog new tricks’, before a potential audience of 500 people.

A poll taken before and after the debate will show if views were changed among members of the Scottish Older People’s Assembly (SOPA) plus u3a: Online Across Scotland and u3a in Scotland.

Scottish u3a trustee, Ann Keating, explained: “There’s something for everyone on the programme – whether it’s how to keep well in later life or trying a practical stress buster session.

“We also expect the intergenerational debate to provoke a reaction among our lively memberships.

“Plus it’s a good opportunity for participants to learn more about our respective organisations, and sample what they each have to offer.”


Notes for editors:

  1. Scotland has 54 community u3as with around 10,000 members who form part of an UK-wide and international educational movement ( Local volunteers lead these self-help learning co-operatives for those no longer in full-time work or unable to work. Scottish trustee, Ann Keating, developed the digital creation of u3a: Online Across Scotland in 2020 in response to the pandemic and COVID 19 lockdowns ( The u3a motto is ‘Learn, laugh, live.’ These two free events, held jointly by u3a in Scotland, u3a: Online Across Scotland, and the Scottish Older People’s Assembly (SOPA) are open to members of these organisations.
  1. The Scottish Older People’s Assembly (SOPA) exists to give a strong voice to older people about their experience of life in Scotland, their challenges and concerns, and to celebrate the positive contribution that older people make to society. SOPA members were surveyed during the pandemic about their access to primary care services. Details of these findings were discussed in the first jointly run session which took place on Tuesday 26 October. For more information visit:
  1. Guest speakers for 2 November include University of Glasgow Research Associate, Dr Valerie Wright and University of Stirling Research Fellow, Jade French. The intergenerational debate is going to be moderated by political analyst and Herald columnist, Brian Taylor.
  1. Register at:
  1. SOPA can help with enquiries on 07434 867890 or email The phone is not always manned, but if you leave your name and number someone will get back to you. For information about the joint u3a event, please contact Scottish u3a trustee, Ann Keating, on 07757 976936 or email PR advisor, Allana Parker:

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