How does age relate to lifelong learning?

Year: 2001

Author: Throssell, Paul

Type of paper: Refereed paper

Recent medical and social advances have increased longevity throughout the world. However, cultural stereotypical perceptions may limit the quality of this extension to life.

People who conduct their lives in ways that are not chronologically age stereotypical in relation to the culture they live in, are sometimes referred to as possessing "agelessness" and would appear to resist being culture–bound. This in-progress doctoral research focuses on the links between lifelong learning and age with a view to establishing possible connections between lifelong learning, "agelessness" and social wellbeing. It discusses emerging reflections on descriptors of "agelessness" and relates these to a positive view of ageing and lifelong learning, with a presuming contention that "agelessness" in a person enables them to choose to respond to learning opportunities throughout their lives.