This research project is important for understanding the benefits of OLLI for its members and how adult education programs benefit older adults by helping them stay engaged in a social and intellectual community.
Research on older adults’ health and well-being and community-based adult education programs are gaining increased attention as more people become aware of the trends in population aging.
This research project is important because:
- Little is known about longitudinal trends of the association between well-being and adult education programs focusing on community-dwelling older adults.
- Healthy community-dwelling older adults are understudied compared to less healthy older adults.
- Little is known about the specific pathways (e.g., new knowledge and social networks) between adult education programs and participants’ well-being.
- We lack information about OLLI at UNLV participants’ basic characteristics and their satisfaction with the program.