Honing Political Knowledge Thanks to Partnership with MRU
Duane Bratt has had a lifelong interested in politics thanks to his parents, and to this day when he visits the family home the TV is tuned to the news channel. Duane, who is a professor of political science at Mount Royal University (MRU), enjoys bringing his knowledge of politics to the residents of United’s two communities.
“The partnership that exists between MRU and United is all about bringing education and knowledge to the residents,” said Duane. “I really enjoy my visits with them. They are very engaged and knowledgeable about current events, not only about what’s going on in Calgary but around the world. And the questions they ask are very insightful!”
In Thursday’s session at United’s Fish Creek community, topics included the issues involved in the upcoming civic election – funding for the Olympics, taxes and the economy and public art – NAFTA trade talks, pipelines, North Korea and the status of Calgary’s ring road.
“Seniors are definitely not disengaged when it comes to politics. Look at any political party, civic or community group and it’s the older adults who make up the bulk of the volunteers,” said Duane. “They have the time to devote, but they are also very interested in what’s going on in the world around them.”
Duane pointed out that older residents are enjoying better health resulting in longer life expectancy. Sixty-five is no longer “old age” with many older adults going back to school or getting involved in politics and other activities.
Residents found the discussion with Duane very rewarding. “It was very informative,” said resident Gordon Schnell. “We know in broad terms about the subjects but he provided us with a lot more detail so we can better understand the issues. These kinds of talks are some of the best things about living at United.”
Resident Inger Copland agreed. “I thought it was wonderful. I’m originally from Europe so I’m very interested in what’s happening around the world. We’ve had several discussions [with musical and educational experts] recently at Fish Creek and it’s one of the things that makes living here very interesting.”
United’s partnerships with eight arts, cultural and educational organizations continues this fall with Duane Bratt speaking with residents of United’s Garrison Green community later this month. In October, the MRU partnership will broaden residents’ musical horizons with an in-depth discussion about the life and work of musician Miles Davis.
For a complete listing of events and activities, view or download the Garrison Green community fall program guide.
View or download the Fish Creek community fall program guide.
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