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WHATLearning for the Fourth Age provides learning opportunities to older people receiving care in care settings, such as care homes or nursing homes, or with individuals living in their own homes.
WHYTo strengthen the standards of care for older people in care settings by including simulating learning activities.
WHERELearning for the Fourth Age. United Kingdom.

Program Description

"Research shows that learning in the later stages of life can boost confidence, give residents a more positive outlook on life and delay on the onset of dementia. L4A believes that there is a gap in provision of educational and learning services to people who live in care homes and seeks to address this gap."

Learning for the Fourth Age aims to:

  • Encourage older people to follow up existing interests or develop new ones, using a multimedia range of resources.
  • Support older learners with individual needs with the assistance of a trained mentor on a one-to-one basis, using appropriate resources and taking into account physical needs.
  • Promote the value of education as a tool for increasing wellbeing, giving a more positive outlook on life, increasing confidence and delaying the onset of dementia.
  • Work towards raising the expectations that older residents, relatives and society have for the quality of life and mental stimulus for the elderly, especially for those in care.

Learning for the Fourth Age seeks mentors and volunteers such as students to work with older people, create intergenerational exchanges, share common interests, discuss opinions and facilitating learning.

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