ForAge is a European multi-lateral network with the central aim of communicating and promoting experiences of learning for older people. The goal is to help raise standards of practice throughout Europe and beyond.

Since the first European Year of Older People and Intergenerational Solidarity in 1993 there have been many exchanges, projects, training events, seminars, programmes and networks concerned with learning in later life.

The numbers increased significantly with the Grundtvig programme that provided impetus and funding for imaginative and innovative work across Europe.

The ForAge project aims to make best use of  these rich experiences by building upon them, sharing information,creating networks, relating them to research evidence and analysing and assessing their value and impact.

ForAge was an EU-funded project from January 2012 to 31 March 205. Its main goals have been:
  • To develop a European multi-lateral network concerned with learning in later life
  • To be an archive and access point for information
  • To promote informed discussion between practitioners, researchers, policy-makers and older people
  • To promote the development of learning in later-life, the exchange of good practice and the raising of standards throughout Europe.
The EU funding for ForAge ceased at the end of March 2015. However, the work will continue. From April 2015, in co-operation with others, the Association for Education and Ageing (AEA) will take responsibility for this website and for the continuing development of the associated database.
NEWA new discussion piece written by Jim Soulsby asks "Are EU statistics good enough to enable us to promote the benefits of later-life learning?" To view and contribute to the discussion, please visit the ForAge Discussion Forum.
The ForAge Revised leaflet  provides an overview of the project, the acheivements of the ForAge network and future planned activties.

ForAge newsletters have been published and are now available on the ForAge Network Newsletters page. Newsletter 14 is also availble in French.

ForAge/AEA conference 2016 'Learning in Later Life: Research, Theory, Policy and Practice', a two-day international conference organised by ForAge and The Association for Education and Ageing (AEA), UK, will be held 5-7 April 2016, at the Open University in Milton Keynes (UK). Further details will be posted shortly.

ForAge conference 2014: newsletter and presentations ForAge Newsletter 15, which reports on the conference 'New Directions and New Learning in Later Life', held in Oporto Portugal, 7-8 November 2014, is now available. A Book of Abstracts and presentations from the conference are also online to download. These can be found on theForAge Network Conferences page.

Declaration in support of ForAge If your organisation supports the principles of the ForAge Project and ForAge Network, and you would like to be kept informed about developments associated with ForAge in the future, please sign the Declaration in support of ForAge.

Later- Life Learning: Lexicon of Terms has recently been published by the ForAge Project. It contains definition and discussion of 110 key terms in later- life learning.