What we do after retirement is one of the trickiest questions for us all. One option, lifelong learning, has been promoted in some countries as “elder education” has been proven to be tremendously beneficial to maintain healthy brains.
In developed countries, where there is a growing proportion of senior citizens, education programs have been designed to promote healthier and happier lives. They even include social interaction-based exercises. Some programs go so far as to bring in undergraduate students from around the world, such as the lifelong learning program at Semester at Sea (1). These courses help promote transgenerational inspiration and academic exchange.
In developing countries, intergenerational program models have not been adequately considered. In India, for example, adult learning objectives concentrate on literacy rather than on other outcomes. More initiatives are necessary to promote further educational aspirations within these program schemes.
Written by Colina Tran