Successful Ageing and International Approaches to Later-Life Learning

  • Rick SwindellEmail author
Part of the Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: Issues, Concerns and Prospects book series (EDAP, volume 15)


Lifelong learning has a key role to play in an ageing society. New policy is needed that better reflects ongoing major demographic changes and increases the number, range, availability and accessibility of lifelong learning programmes particularly for older people. The transformative benefits of lifelong learning are well known. However, less well known are long-term health and well-being benefits associated with successful ageing elements that are intrinsic to lifelong learning activities. The elements of the Successful Ageing model are discussed, and these elements are related to international approaches to later-life learning that are popular in many countries. These international approaches, including two virtual programmes, have many attributes in common that could underpin new policy action aimed at encouraging the rapidly growing population of older people to participate.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.U3AOnline at Griffith UniversityBrisbaneAustralia

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