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ERIC Number: EJ900006
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
Breaking the Age Barrier
Vass, Jane
Adults Learning, v21 n10 p8-10 Jun 2010
When people retire today they can expect to live for longer than ever before. So much so, that the lifespan model has moved to encompass a "fourth age" of over-75s, for whom an integral part of life is the ability to learn. However, only 14% of people over 75 have engaged in any learning in the past three years. As the pressure on public spending tightens over the coming months and years, more innovative ways of demonstrating the benefits of learning to older people, governments and communities will have to be found. For many people the transition into later life is a time of change--retirement, bereavement, and adaptation to the shifting world. Learning can be a fantastic way of dealing with such challenges, helping people stay integrated in their communities. In this article, the author reflects on the challenges and prospects facing the over-75s age group in a fast-changing and financially constrained policy landscape. She suggests that policymakers need to look closely at the benefits of learning for the over-75s.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom