Frequently Asked Questions

What could I gain from this course?

This course was designed to provide older adults with a quick and easy check-up on how we can maintain and improve our health. It provides practical tips and a range of resources for ageing well.

How much does it cost to do the course?

There are no fees or charges to do the course. The course is completely free.

Do I need to become a member of U3A Online to do the course?

No, you do not need to be a member of U3A Online. Anyone can register to do the course.

Will I need any textbooks or reference books?

No textbooks or reference books are required. A number of resources are available for download throughout the course.

How will my progress be assessed?

There is only one person whose assessment matters and that is you. If, having completed the course, you are motivated to learn more, or to adopt some new “healthy ageing” strategies, you will have succeeded.

There are no examinations or grades. You are your own assessor. You will know what you hoped to get from the course and the extent to which you have achieved those goals.

Your personal results for the Healthy Ageing Quiz will be provided to you.

Will I receive a certificate for completing the course?

Yes, if you work through each of the Units you will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the course. All you need to do is fill in the Feedback Form at the end of Unit 9.

How long is the course, and how much time will it take?

There are 10 units in this course. The first unit involves undertaking the Healthy Ageing Quiz itself, and the following 9 units cover each of the areas of healthy ageing in the quiz. It will not take you very long at all to read through the content of each unit. You can work through each unit at your own pace.

What work is involved?

Healthy ageing is a way of life. The work of the course is in following up on the information and resources provided within each area of healthy ageing, if you choose to do so. How much time you spend on this is up to you.

How can I make a printed copy of what I’m reading?

Right mouse click anywhere in the course, and a short dropdown menu will appear. Select [Print] from this list. Alternatively, use the Print Function contained within your browser (e.g. File > Print)

How can I get help if I need it?

If you have any enquiries about the course material, have any technical problems with the web pages, or if any of the links are not working please contact the Chronic Illness Alliance by email at


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