In all cases, the older learner movement is an outgrowth of the unprecedented demographic rise of aging societies characterized by lengthened life expectancy, low birth rates, improved health care and hygiene, rising completion rates of postsecondary education, and relative affluence derived from public and private pensions funds.
CHAPTER 8 Lifelong Learning in Aging Societies Emerging Paradigms Ronald J. Manheimer Learning opportunities for midlife and older adults have proliferated around the world since the early 1970s. We can attribute this growth to one or all of the following: (a) national efforts to promote lifelong learning societies for people of all ages, (b) initiatives responding speciﬁcally to sharp increases in the percentage of a country’
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