ERIC Number: ED446548
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
A Generation in Command: Higher Education's Role in Retirement Learning. Occasional Paper.
Stern, Milton R.
This paper emphasizes the importance of avoiding stereotypes about older people in college and university centers for retirement, noting that members of centers for retirement are members of a generation recently in command. There is much folklore about older people and the aging process, and Americans tend to believe too much in the myths of aging. The sense of group denigration and deindividualization of older people is more pervasive than it has been at any time in the human life cycle since adolescence. Society tends to patronize older people, and this occurs in the university environment as well. Though there are real biological limits set upon people as they age, there are few limits to learning. It is important to take into account individual learning styles in programs for older people. Older people are different from one another, though they share certain characteristics (e.g., the biological aging process). Older people are a natural resource to be cultivated by younger people. Retirement centers offer intellectual stimuli for healthy, alive individuals. They are not places for rehabilitation but for development. (SM)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Aging (Individuals), Cognitive Style, Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, Nontraditional Students, Retirement
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Univ. Continuing Education Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Adapted from a speech given at the NUCEA seminar, "New Programs for a New Population" (Washington, D.C., June 11, 1988).