This special issue is co-edited by Emeritus Professor Brian Findsen and Dr Diana Amundsen, both associated with the University of Waikato, New Zealand. As adult educators, we are pleased to be able to focus on the plight of older people in our societies, especially their learning aspirations and achievements. We are always cognizant that any learning is best understood when the context of the learners is acknowledged, a context operating at a macro level of economic-cultural-social conditions as well as more localized dynamics of social relationships and the physical environment.
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