A qualitative study was conducted to explore the digital literacy and lifelonglearning experiences of older learners during the COVID-19 pandemic. Theresearch question is ‘What is the experience of participating in lifelong learning ofolder learners who are digitally illiterate in the context of the COVID-19pandemic?’. Data were collected by conducting in-depth interviews with nine olderlearners attending the ‘Lifelong School’ located in ‘S’ city, and analyzed usingcontinuous comparative analysis. The study conclusion is as follows. First, olderlearners during the COVID-19 period feel a combination of frustration andgratitude as digital illiterate, and there is a need to support digital literacyeducation at all times. Second, the digital literacy and lifelong learning participationof older learners should consider the relational context and support learning clubsand small group activities. Third, there is a need for individualized digital literacysupport measures because there are differences in learning ability and educationalperformance due to aging and individual differences in experience.