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Lifelong learning and the opportunity to take part in activities are important for many older people. Access to appropriate classes, courses and groups can bring considerable benefits to physical and mental health, and help to prevent social exclusion and isolation.
For many older people the wider benefits of learning in later life are not motivated by the acquisition of academic or vocational qualifications, but are often based on keeping active, developing new social networks and gaining new skills and knowledge.
For many older people participation in learning can be limited by lack of knowledge about learning opportunities; by the timing, location or availability of courses; by concerns about affordability or personal circumstances; or simply by a fear of starting learning again.
We need to consider new ways to ensure access to a wide range of learning provision that will suit the differing learning needs of Scotland in the future.
Age Scotland response to Scottish Government consultation on post 16 Learning December 2011
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