Lifelong Learning in Long-Term Care Settings

Authored by: Alexandra Withnall

The Routledge International Handbook of Learning

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  May  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415571302
eBook ISBN: 9780203357385
Adobe ISBN: 9781136598562


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Lifelong learning is a contested concept and, in practice, a range of models have emerged in Europe and beyond over the last few decades. Yet, although the ageing of the world's population and the implications of demographic trends have been well documented, it is only comparatively recently that older people have come to merit some consideration when lifelong learning policies are being developed and to feature in educational policy documents at supra-national level and within individual countries. Indeed, it is now noticeable that, in many countries across the world, the United Nations Principles for Older People (1991) and the World Health Organization's espousal of the concept of active ageing (2002) have been particularly influential in encouraging policy makers to accept that the provision of learning opportunities for older people is a vital ingredient in any recipe for healthy and productive ageing and for maintaining independence. A further example can be seen in the European Commission's Lifelong Learning Programme 2007– 13, designed to provide practical support for the implementation of adult learning policies across the member states of the European Union. It incorporated all kinds of adult learning within its Grundtvig strand and, for the first time, stated its intention to fund activities designed to address the challenges posed by ageing populations across Europe (EC 2007).

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