Perceptions of successful ageing and implications for late-life learning

Siu Ling Maureen TAM

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This paper draws upon a small-scale investigation to shed light on the perceptions of successful ageing by a group of senior adults in Hong Kong. It also identifies attributes that are associated with ageing well and examines the extent to which education or learning is perceived as important in the ageing process. To this end, the research has taken on an educational perspective to find out what older people themselves want and need to learn, what motivates them and what poses as barriers to their participation in learning. By making such data available, policymakers and educational providers alike will be better placed to understand and determine the role of learning in the ageing process and to plan appropriate interventions in support of late-life learning for and by the elderly. Copyright © 2012 Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-298
JournalStudies in Continuing Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012


Tam, M. (2012). Perceptions of successful ageing and implications for late-life learning. Studies in Continuing Education, 35(3), 281-298.


  • Successful ageing
  • Senior adults
  • Hong Kong
  • Late-life learning
  • Elderly
  • Older learners


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