Appreciating Later Life - Opportunities and Challenges

Ref: C2340651

This course is for mature people keen to discover and enjoy all that later life has to offer, and to tackle some of its challenges. It will help each student review what life has taught them, explore what opportunities lie ahead, and develop their ability to make the most of these. We will examine and celebrate older people's contribution to wider society, and explore some of the challenges associated with old age and how we can tackle these together. We will draw upon students' individual knowledge, experience. and wisdom, as well as insights from psychology, sociology, and communication sciences. Students will develop a fuller understanding of their personal strengths and current situation, and greater confidence and skills in making the most of what lies ahead of them.

Course aim

This course will help you explore the opportunities and challenges of later life, and how to make the most of this. We will take a positive perspective, drawing on your individual and collective experiences,and on insights from social science.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • The course is suitable for mature people (generally over 55) who want to enjoy and appreciate later life, and help others do the same.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Appreciate more fully who I am and what I have to offer
  • Appreciate the opportunities open to me, and be able to make the most of those I choose to
  • Anticipate some of the hazards and challenges which lie ahead, and prepare to overcome them
  • Appreciate what I can offer other people and use this more effectively

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Appreciating Later Life - Opportunities and Challenges

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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