Educational environments for the elderly

Thomas O. Byerts
1980 Educational Considerations  
In recent years, in terest in cont inuing education and public service activities for adults has expanded at a modest rate. Serious concentration on the special· education needs of the elderly is, however, growing rapidly on some university and community college cam· puses across the country. This in terest is prompted by a number of factors which include recent realization o f the broad education and services needs o f older people, recogn ition of new (and needed) sources o f revenue, and
more » ... lopment of good will for institutions of higher learn· ing. From the consumer point of view, rising levels of education achieved by " newer" cohorts o f older people, coupled with higher expectations for learning, leisu re ac· tivities, earlier retirement, second careers, and economic necessity for new job skills caused by ris ing costs of living, are leading to new levels o f interest. This does not , mean that large numbers of older people are expected to arrive on campuses, thoug h the numbers should increase in general. As relevant programs are developed on cam· puses and at extension sites, the inc reases could be dramatic. Beyond some traditional and non -traditional insti· tutions actively marketing ed ucational services to alumni and broadening their definition of "older" adult students
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