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Dorothy Lowrie
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Welcome to Human Learning Architecture Inc (HLA Inc)  

“Architecture” can be defined as the “complex or carefully designed structure of something”.  In the case of HLA Inc., the “something” is carefully designed human learning experiences with the objectives of:

Engaging, enabling and empowering members of the Third Age (known more commonly as “seniors”)
Enable two-way knowledge sharing between generations within organizations and society
I am Dorothy Lowrie, the CEO of HLA Inc.

As a member of the Third Age generation and a lifelong learner myself, my business focus is on empowering other members of my generation through learning opportunities.

My lifelong learning includes knowledge gained through 35 years working for an international IT corporation as well as numerous academic pursuits including a Degree in Business Administration (completed at age 48) and a Masters in Adult Education (completed at age 56).
The programs and courses I develop focus on Third Age learners and in some cases offer inter-generational learning opportunities. 

All the courses I develop and offer are reviewed by a panel of volunteers from the targeted generational groups to ensure the goals are clear and are met through the training activities.

Historically, the Third Age originated as a lifespan identity of retired individuals aged 50 -75 in France in 1973 as a result of the creation of university programs targeted at this group. 

Primarily due to longer life expectancy, the majority of the population in many developed countries such as Canada are now within this lifespan. 
As life expectancy increases, the norms of aging and generational differences are being challenged with boundaries in periods of life becoming blurred and the emergence of new age group definitions and expectations relative to age appropriate behavior.  The Third Age is emerging as a time of life course transition!  Third Age individuals who seek out learning in response to their life transition have the potential to realize individual fulfillment and also to provide significant contributions to society.
 
Tracing the Critical Moments of Your Life
Date: Sunday - April 2, 2017   Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Location: St. Albert Public Library 5 St Anne St, St Albert

Synopsis:
As you plan for retirement, rebuild your identity and renew your self confidence as a member of the Third Age generation through telling your story. What are the hardships, losses, threats, times of self-development, ah-ha moments, times of joy or times of sadness that stand out in your life? What was happening in the world when you experienced these events? What are the artifacts that either you still have or can identify to accompany these events?

The program will guide you  through the process of telling your story through a guided workbook which will be your personal reflection journal. Through it, you will be able identify areas of your life that you may have put on hold for your career and your family that now present opportunities to empower, engage and enrich your life ahead.
Life Transition (Retirement) Coaching

Cost: Quote based on individual needs analysis.

Dorothy offers one on one coaching sessions for Third Age individuals requiring support and guidance through times of life transition.

Coaching can help you either with your retirement plans or afterwards, when you are faced with the reality that the loss of your career based identity presents. Dorothy can help you to explore ways to develop your new identity, an identity that proves you are more than what you did for a living!  

Using creative tools and exercises, Dorothy will guide you through a process that will allow you to realize continued personal growth and renewal in your life after retirement. Please e-mail for a personal consultation.
Revising Societal Myths of Aging
Date: Tuesday - June 6, 2017    Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm  Cost: Free
Location: Grant MacEwan - Minerva Presentation

We're more lively than we think! Societal norms on aging imply that becoming a 'senior citizen' is the beginning of a downward spiral leading to decline, disease, dependency and decrepitude. However, current research on aging finds these norms are nothing more than outdated societal myths. Join Dorothy Lowrie as she reviews recent research into aging and longevity. She will show us how we can develop our own plan for growth and renewal as we reach the milestone of our senior years and make the most of this vibrant period in our lives.