Who Said, “You Can’t Teach An Old Dog A New Trick.” They Were WRONG!
I have always had a distain for the comment, “Things were better when I was young.” Are you kidding me!! In the fifties we lived in a world driven by old wives tales and folklore. The average age of a man was 65 years, smoking was acceptable and woman were treated … well I’m not going there!
Today we live in a much more open, educated world and with that education countless limiting beliefs are falling by the way-side. Limiting beliefs like “We lose brain cells as we age.” Limiting beliefs like “We lose our memory as we age.” And limiting beliefs that education is reserved for youth.
At YSF our mandate is continued education and to provide a safe community where it’s OK to be you – whoever you are!
In the following article from Transforming Life After 50 it’s good see that we can now see our potential in our second fifty!
It turns out you actually CAN teach old dogs new tricks. New research in brain science now shows that the adult brain retains impressive powers of “neuroplasticity” – the ability to change structure and function in response to experience. This, coupled with Boomers thirst for new knowledge and skills, has created a growing popularity for lifelong learning. In fact, the number of college students ages 40 to 64 has jumped by almost 20% to nearly 2 million in the past decade. And those numbers are expected to keep growing as more mid-life adults return to school to reinvent themselves, once again.
In an AARP study, 9 out of 10 adults (ages 50 and over) said they wanted to actively seek out learning opportunities to keep current, grow personally, and enjoy the simple pleasure of mastering something new…
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