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ERIC Number: EJ1022823
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0741-7136
Promoting Community Wellbeing: The Case for Lifelong Learning for Older Adults
Merriam, Sharan B.; Kee, Youngwha
Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, v64 n2 p128-144 May 2014
Community wellbeing is a function of many factors working in concert to promote an optimal quality of life for all members of a community. It is argued here that the promotion of lifelong learning among older adults can significantly contribute to community wellbeing. The aging society is a worldwide phenomenon presenting both opportunities and challenges to community wellbeing. Research suggests that the more active, healthier, and educated older adults are, the less drain they are on family and community resources and services. At the same time, active and healthy elders contribute to community wellbeing through their accumulated life experience, expertise, and service. The relationship between lifelong learning and community wellbeing is argued from a social capital perspective. This framework contends that formal, nonformal, and informal learning activities of older adults promote an active and engaged lifestyle that helps create and preserve community. Issues of access and opportunity are also addressed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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