Group Learning for Adults with Disabilities or Chronic Disease


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In some facilities, group learning has been used to teach adults who have various disabilities or chronic diseases (e.g., diabetes, cardiac problems, cancer, Parkinson's disease, spinal cord injury). The following literature review discusses the advantages of group learning, which include peer support, individuals' learning and gaining motivation from each other, reduced feelings of isolation, and opportunities to share problems and goals. It appears likely that greater use of group learning could enhance rehabilitation efforts for adults.