U3A Surf Coast Stories

Trivia afternoon to end term two -for when your brain doesn’t want to retire

Trivia is about discovering secrets that make the everyday world more real, surprising, and exciting. Knowing all the tiny, absurd details that create places, history, movies, and games makes all of those things more important and interesting.

What makes trivia so challenging (and fun) is that the questions can come from virtually any area of knowledge.
Trivia does help to engage the part of the brain that plays a major role in the processing of memories.

Thus, trivia helps to keep the mind sharp and engaged but knowing the answer does not necessarily mean that one is smarter than everyone else; it just means that you know the answer.

On June 26th from 1.00 to 4.00pm there will be a Trivia afternoon as a term break-up at the new Kurrambee Myaring Community Centre 12 Merrijig Drive Torquay with host Tim Robinson.
Make up your own team of 6 or come on your own or with a friend and join a team on the day. Bring your own nibbles and refreshments and test your knowledge of everything that does not matter.
Enroll online from June 5th


‘Letting Go; How to Plan for a Good Death’ with Dr Charlie Corke:

Despite a topic which many might fear, Dr Corke kept a large group of U3a members and visitors transfixed on Friday June 8th with his exploration of the issues around saving or extending life under serious medical conditions.

Ably interviewed by Rosemary Faris, U3a SurfCoast’s coordinator for Occasional Lectures, Dr Corke spoke frankly about the need for older people to have some form of Advanced Care Plan in place before decision making became impossible. Although families may profess to want medical technology to do everything possible to keep someone alive, this may not always be the wish of the patient.

With huge doses of fact, compassion and humour, Dr Corke revealed how the medical profession, thanks to huge improvements in life-support, can keep patients alive at all costs despite enormous suffering. ‘The system’ he says ‘is engaged to do that and end of life decisions can only be made by the person involved in advance.’
‘Without guidance’ he says ‘the medical profession will do everything to keep a person alive.’
In Victoria particularly, the Advanced Care Planning has now been refined and Dr Corke referred his listeners to his MyValues website (https://www.myvalues.org.au/) which facilities the creation of a personal, legal Advanced Care Plan document.

With his balance of logic, emotion and humour, Dr Corke showed how this topic is a far from being a morbid one, more just commonsense and as one of the best attended Occasional Lectures in 2018, this was proven to be so.