Currently, lifelong learning has been packaged as a way for aging job seekers to differentiate themselves in an increasingly competitive workplace. However, lifelong learning programs rarely tackle the unique challenges and needs of those navigating mid-life. Modern Elder Academy founder and What’s neXT?! friend, Chip Conley and Dr. Ingo Rauth, explore an opportunity that has flown under the radar of higher education institutions and private enterprises: developing curriculum congruent with ”long-life learning.” From the perspective of Conley and Rauth, ”long-life learning” is more comprehensive; it refers to focusing on developing a sense of purpose and personal well-being by understanding the positive aspects of aging to create more resilience through mid-life transitions. Those who graduate from such programs will be better prepared for seniorhood, similar to how elementary and high schools prepare adolescents for adulthood.
If you or someone you know has experienced a mid-life transition that has been volatile and riddled with surprises, long-life learning may guide you in the right direction. These programs are equipped to help those in transition with the mindsets, skills, and knowledge to navigate this challenging period of their lives in a way that supports purpose and well-being. In this program, Transitioners will be able to confide in others who are experiencing similar situations, as well as cover topics that are often inadequately addressed by traditional educational options for older adults.