Currently, Japan has the highest life expectancy in the world. However, at the same time, a trend of declining birth rates is emerging, thus resulting in the formation of a ‘super-ageing society’; this formation is an event of unprecedented scope and pace.
Gerontology explores, in depth, a variety of issues related to ageing in both its individual and societal aspects. However, limitations have been pointed out in terms of the credibility of the studies that categorize everyone who is 65 years of age or older as elderly, i.e. people in their waning years.
Therefore, from the viepoints of theories of learning environmental design, and the theories of lifelong learning, my colleagues and I are working on a book preliminarily titled,
“Learningful ageing: human existence as continuous learning”.