Renfrewshire residents learned the secrets of ageing well at a special event in Paisley.

Members of Paisley & District U3A (University of the Third Age) recently enjoyed a talk by Dr Louise Brown Nicholls, a senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Strathclyde.

The researcher explained how learning new skills helps the brain to stay healthy, while carrying out physical activities can also boost memory and cognitive ability.

Dr Nicholls said: "I'm struck by the clear overlap between U3A's aim of bringing people together to learn for fun, and the key message of my talk.

"Research shows us the benefits of being mentally, socially, and physically active throughout the adult lifespan."

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Kathy O’Donnell, chair of Paisley & District U3A, added: "Our members want to carry on learning. 

"We might not know the science but we enjoy going to groups and finding out new things.

"Dr Nicholls has a couple of big research programmes coming up at Strathclyde University. 

"I’m sure some of us will be interested to join its Older Adult Participant Panel. 

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"It’s open to anyone aged 60 plus to be a volunteer - just contact Dr Nicholls ("

On Thursday, December 7, Laura Hamilton will show U3A members how to make some jewellery.

Monthly meetings take place at the Salvation Army Hall in Mill Street, Paisley, with refreshments served from 1.30pm. 

Anyone not in full-time work is welcome to attend. For more information, visit