Memory changes as people get older, however, simple behaviour changes can help people stay sharp for as long as possible.
Reducing anxiety will help people learn and remember more efficiently. The older adult may take longer to memorise information but there is no reason why they can’t apply new learning effectively and positively to their lives.
Studies reveal that ‘decline’ is speed of learning, not intellectual capacities. Older people have a wealth of experience that supports reasoning and judgment abilities if given time to think and reflect on learning activities.
It is also important to be aware of neuroplasticity. We all have the ability to learn and change by creating a new pathway in our brain after repeated practice, desire and focus. In essence, we can actually re-wire our brains.