Lifelong learning in old age: results for the Belgian ageing studies

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This study investigates educational participation among older adults. Based on survey-data collected in the Belgian Ageing Studies (N=67560), older adults' educational participation rate, the individual profile of participants and its relation with social participation are studied. The findings indicate that 26.2% participated to an educational activity over the past year. Participation was lowest among the oldest age group, women, widowers, older people with poor physical health and lower socio-economic status. Additionally, educational participation was positively related to membership of social associations, volunteering and Internet use. The discussion provides recommendations to include vulnerable older adults in educational activities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)513-517
JournalProcedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 21 Feb 2014
Event5th World Conference on Educational Sciences - Rome, Rome, Italy
Duration: 6 Feb 20138 Feb 2013


  • lifelong learning
  • educational activities
  • active ageing
  • older adults


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