Anti aging guide

Learning in Old Age

 

 

Another area where ageism comes into question is learning in old age. For example, many people think that it is impossible for older people to learn how to use computers. This attitude reflects earlier stereotypes about old age which portray aging as a period of decline, loss and dysfunction. Looking at current research we can see that not only is it possible to teach old dogs new tricks, but also possible to teach them thins that they had never even heard of a few years ago.

Researchers from the University of Ulster in Ireland have proved that it is possible to teach 75-year-olds how to use computers to write their own life histories. Other researchers have successfully taught people over 80 years old how to use the Internet. Learning these skills improves the confidence, well-being and social contacts of older people. This research is marvelous news to those who believe that it is necessary to exercise the brain to maintain it in peak condition. It also shows that earlier stereotypes about old age should now be reconsidered in the light of modern research.

Posted by Carol Hudgens - January 26, 2012 at 4:33 am