Lifelong learning

I didn’t know of this concept until recently. Here are some thoughts that I garnered from the internet.

1. What is it?

Lifelong learning is learning that is pursued throughout life - obviously. It has the characteristics of: flexibility, diversity and availability at different times and places. The emphasis is on learning to learn and the ability to keep learning for a lifetime.

2. What are its benefits for retired people?

There are several:

·      It might lead to involvement in voluntary activities and larger social networks;

·      Larger social networks and voluntary work are both associated with improved health;

·      Better health and increased participation in society can mean reduced healthcare costs                       and a greater individual contribution to society.

3. What are some of the outcomes?

Lifelong learning can instil creativity and resilience in people. This may enable them to show an increased ability to

·      Manage uncertainty

·      Communicate with others and build relationships;

·      Improve skills at negotiating conflict.

Retirement: You won’t know what it is like until you get there.