Never too old to learn: Seniors and learning in Canada (2006)

Lessons in Learning – August 22, 2006

Seniors who continue to learn help themselves by maintaining healthy brain function, and contribute to society through continued participation in the workforce and through volunteerism.

The authors of this document note that seniors' enrolment in educational institutions has risen significantly in Canada during recent decades, and older adults are receiving formal job-related training at a greater rate than ever before. As well, many seniors pursue academic and artistic interests within informal learning contexts.

However, seniors often encounter particular barriers in their pursuit of learning, including having fewer learning opportunities available to them; lower literacy skills and less prior education; age-related illnesses and disabilities; declining cognitive skills; and concerns about dealing with new technology.

The authors point to a number of ways to deal with those barriers, including increased research on the factors that hinder learning in older adults; more research on technologies that can enhance seniors’ learning; policies that make more learning opportunities available; and the promotion of employment-related learning opportunities for older workers.

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Canadian Council on Learning (CCL). Never too old to learn: Seniors and learning in Canada 2006. Web. 28 Feb. 2021 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/lessons_learning/never_too_old/never_too_old.pdf>
Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) (2006). Never too old to learn: Seniors and learning in Canada. Retrieved February 28, 2021, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/lessons_learning/never_too_old/never_too_old.pdf
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