By Harry R. Moody (auth.), Eino Heikkinen, Jorma Kuusinen, Isto Ruoppila (eds.)

''Full of priceless definitions, descriptions, dialogue and succinct summaries....the quantity kinds an enticing, up to date reservoir of knowledge on 'preparation for aging'. As a resource of particular insights and substitute views it's a great addition to the literature.'' -Aging and Society

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They help society and governments understand the actual meaning of the words 'lifelong learning'. That concept recently received the accolade of recognition by the G7. The communique from the Naples economic summit urged "Increasing investment in people through better education, training and the development of a culture of lifelong learning". When UNESCO promulgated the doctrine of 'Education Permanente' over 20 years ago, it meant more than instrumental education for flexible production skills.

Aino Sallinen, Rector of this University of Jyvaskyla, makes a similar point to Al Gore's and links it to her vision of a university'S responsibilities. In a recent interview she says that people's confusion is increased by the speed at which informatIOn is propagated as well as its havmg become globalised: One of the umverslty' s Important responsibilities IS to help mdlVlduals organIse reality The highest level of educatIOn must teach students not only how to acqulfe mformatlOn but also how to relate to It cntIcally Values are Important The Ideal of the educated mdlvldual mcludes mtellectual flexlblhty, creatlVlty and the ablhty to comprehend wholes (Sallmen, 1994) Universities of the Third Age have a headstart m some aspects of Rector Sallinen's ideal.

Ionb nCIU'IBOlIX revanus Inlervlew de Daniele Sedleres 121 lode. 130 Comet d odresses Figure 1. Summary of the Booklet "Successful Rellrement" (op Cit) 3. Analysis of a Pensioner's Manual The French retailers' pension fund "Organic" has distributed to its members a booklet edited and produced by the Notre Temps team (a French monthly for retired people). It is called, "Successful Retirement" (Reussir sa retraite), published in a 19 x 24 cm fonnat, with a glossy colour cover; it has 178 pages.

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