It is never too late to learn something new. You may find as you get older you have more spare time to study something that really interests you. Many organisations offer education and training specifically for older people.
What's availableInformation on lifelong learning
is provided by the Seniors Information Service. To find out what's available in your area contact your local council
Many learning opportunities for older people can be found on the Australian Government Seniors website
.Study online Short online courses
and other useful resources for older people are offered through the University of the Third Age. All that's needed to study online is a computer with an internet connection and some basic computing skills.
Online study is great for people who:
- are in rural or remote locations
- are unable to attend classes for any reason
- prefer to study this way.
Courses are low-cost, you need no prior qualifications and there are no exams.
Workers’ Educational Association (WEA)
WEA offers courses on a range of subjects for adults, including some specifically for older people.
A WEA course guide is provided on their website and five course guides are published every year and distributed in Messenger community newspapers.
Council on the Ageing
The Seniors Peer Education Centre provides informative and interactive sessions to groups throughout South Australia on a variety of health and wellbeing issues affecting people over 50.
Learning to use computers
If you are interested in learning more about computers and the internet, there are many courses which have been designed with seniors in mind. Courses vary in difficulty and the level of existing skills and knowledge required.
For details on training, clubs and discounted internet access, see your local council
or the Seniors Information Service