Barriers to age-friendly universities

lessons from osher lifelong learning institute demographics and perceptions

R. Jack Hansen, Craig A. Talmage, Steven P. Thaxton, Richard Knopf

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Abstract

The age-friendliness of universities and colleges is a growing area of research and practice. This study focuses on lifelong learning institutes at universities and colleges who provide courses and experiences for older adults but do not award academic or work-related credentials. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) network in the U.S. is used as an exemplary case of institutes that aim to increase the age-friendliness of their supporting institutions, whilst also aiming for greater diversity among their learners. This study draws upon literature regarding OLLIs and Age-Friendly Universities (AFUs) and national demographic surveys of OLLI student members in 2014 and 2016 (n=  5,500). The study highlights the 2016 demographic characteristics of OLLI learners, notes changes since 2014, and makes comparisons to national trends. Furthermore, this study investigates the barriers to participation identified by older learners participating in OLLIs, considered in light of studies that have addressed such obstacles for underrepresented groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalGerontology and Geriatrics Education
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StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019

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Keywords

  • access to learning
  • lifelong learning programs
  • Older adults
  • third age learning

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  • Education
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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