Senior Citizens Can Learn As Well as the Youth
It turns out that older people, such as senior citizens, can learn; meaning older people have the ability to learn. For decades it was thought that older people were unable to learn, but that one-time-science-fact, has been proven wrong, senior citizens can learn as well as the youth.
This just in from a study at Brown, something most already knew, but other’s needed proof, and that is, the older brain was still receptive to learning.
As brain scientists have discovered, older people are still capable of learning, just as the youth, but as it has been so noted, older people show the learning their “white matter”, as opposed to the youth’s “grey matter”.
The white matter is beneath the grey matter, and with certain imaging, the researchers were able to see the brain change where it learns its visual information.
So, it is now confirmed, older people are capable of learning visual tasks just as well as the youth.
“The white matter is beneath the grey matter…”
Now the question becomes, why does the older brain function in the white matter, rather than the grey matter. Is it because the brain is more advanced, better trained? We will save that question for other researchers. It’s simply great to know that older people have the ability to continue to learn.
Who knows, maybe this information will become so wide-spread that we stop thinking of the elderly as doddering old fools, and instead think of them as wise-old sages, with the ability to innovate. Who knows…