The Importance Of Lifelong Learning And Adult Education

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Lifelong learning and adult education is not just a trend, it is something that has the potential to lower our nation’s health care costs and prolong the quality of life for each and every one of us. In relatively wealthy countries, individuals who have stayed in formal education for longer, and who have gained higher qualifications tend to enjoy better mental and physiological health than their less well-educated counter-parts. (e.g. Burnette & Mui, 1994; Montgomery & Schoon, 1997; Vega Deinstmaier et al., 1999) Education has always been something that we did for ourselves to improve our lives personally as well as the society we are a part of. The idea that adults are not capable of continuing to learn into their golden years is no longer…show more content…
The more we study the brain, and how we learn and form memories, the more it becomes feasible to continue to improve our lives, decrease our likelihood of depression, and even treat old age diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. Educational research into the immediate soft outcomes of learning suggest that learning can develop a number of psychosocial qualities including; self-confidence, self-efficacy, self-understanding, competences, communication skills, civic engagement, and a sense of belonging to a social group. (Hammond, 2004) The simple fact that older people are better educated about health concerns and how their brain functions, leads to them knowing how to better take care of themselves and play an active role in their aging. Because adults tend to engage in learning voluntarily they are also more likely to enjoy the experience and not have the negative emotions and anxiety that may have been tied to education at a younger age. Adult education gives those individuals a feeling of control and self-worth that they may feel they have lost as they age, simply because they no longer have full-time jobs or the daily responsibilities that they had as young adults. Jacob Nielsen Arendt did a study that provided, that each year of education roughly improves the probability of good or
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