Life long education possibly reduces the chance of developing dementia, but the cost of taking university courses, or even individual subjects of interest, is prohibitive for most full fee paying ‘older students’. With many universities now providing online subjects, the incremental cost of adding students should be nominal. This opportunity for ‘older students’ should be explored. There would likely be benefits for both the older and younger students participating in the subject or course as they could learn and grow from each others’ experiences and backgrounds.
It is a real shame we don’t make the most of the many opportunities to improve peoples lives today, but like most things, it can all seem too difficult to explore and implement.