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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:
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 are for 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.
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.
• Engaging members of the Third Age (known more commonly as “seniors”) • Enabling two-way knowledge sharing between generations within organizations and society • Empowering individuals of the Third Age to continue to create a strong post-retirement identity and purpose
Date: June 6 to June 20, 2018, 1:30-3:30 pm The Six Principles for Growth and Renewal through Retirement
SISS 0102 Audience: 50 + Engage in the process of exploring and building your own post-retirement life plan. Using a workbook provided in class, you will journal your exploration of six key questions that range from “what do I value in life?” to “what are the areas of play in my life that I could transition into a new career?” The goal is to develop a post-retirement life vision and plan that keeps you engaged, learning and contributing to society. The book: “The Third Age: Six Principles of Growth and Renewal after Forty,” by sociologist William A. Sadler in included in the course fee and will be provided in class. MORE INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION
Date: May 7, 2018, 1:30pm-3:20 pm Dispelling Outdated Myths of Aging
SISS 0100 Audience: 50 + 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 us as we review recent research into aging and longevity. Learn 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. MORE INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION
Date: May 4, 2018, 9:30am-11:00am The Game of Aging: "Play" and Your Brain
As many of us built our careers and raised our families, there was little time for 'play'. In many cases, 'play' was associated with only 'sports' or maybe the occasional game of cards or board games at Christmas. This presentation will explore current research into the aging brain and the importance of 'play' to keep your mind active and engaged. We will take a look at how to add 'play' to our daily routine and not only add 'fun' to our lives, but keep our brains healthy.
Cost: $5.00 NESA Members ($35.00 Non Members) Registration is required in-person at NESA (7524-139 Avenue)