Aging Education: A Worldwide Imperative

Sandra L. McGuire
2017 Creative Education  
Life expectancy is increasing worldwide. Unfortunately, people are generally not prepared for this long life ahead and have ageist attitudes that inhibit maximizing the "longevity dividend" they have been given. Aging education can prepare people for life's later years and combat ageism. It can reimage aging as a time of continued growth, development and fulfillment. Unfortunately, aging education is not a common occurrence. This education needs to begin with children and continue throughout
more » ... tinue throughout life. This article discusses why we need to teach about aging and aging education content, suggests a conceptual framework for aging education, and presents aging education resources. The concept of ageism is discussed and suggestions for combating ageism are proposed.
doi:10.4236/ce.2017.812128 fatcat:4xgv4xz4vnfnvly2biv52jax44