That stupid saying ''You can't teach an old dog new tricks''...is about a Dog!
People are far more smarter, and we really need to get rid of such negative sayings.
They are defeating to the max!
It can be hard for some who are in their 80's & 90's, but as long as they have a reasonable mind, and not forgetting what you say....of course! people can learn.
It has been proven that as people get around 55-60 age group, they DO! need to learn something from time to time.
Keeping the mind working, and we know it has to have 'input', so it can function better.
I totally am for:''Computers being for Older People''.
It is something they can look forward too, each day....Play a game or two, talk to family in a email and grandchildren and friends.
Youtube for learning new skills, and of course one can find New Friends to talk too.
If their partner has died, a good form of company.
They can learn whatever!
A lot who do use the computer, have notes on it , so they follow the instructions.
Computers could be a saving grace, for our older folk....
The 'type' can be made very big, and sound is always there.
We have never been in a better position, to learn...and that go's for all ages.
LOL! jonaj, I think that quote about "old dogs" definitely applies to some people. I also think it's less about acquiring practical skills than it is about changing habits and aspects of character. Good points though. ;)
I would hate think that a time would come when I stopped learning. My mother learned to use a computer when she was in her 70's. She's 84 now has has recently bought a new laptop. She searches the internet for recipes, knitting patterns, and anything else that takes her fancy and she keeps her financial records on MS Money. (Mum was a bookeeper in her day.)
Life is a learning canvas, every day every hour and every second. If we think by the time we reach a certain age, we are too old to learm, what wonderous oportunities are we missing out on? Too many. To remain contempary in the current market we have to keep up with technology and advancments in the world. By being role models and learning at a mature age, we will show our children and grandchildren that education is essential. But be careful - anyone can learn from a book. Life learnt skills are hardest taught and hardest to learn from.
I think Learning is even more important as we grow older. I don't mean classroom learning, but learning from the world around us etc. Retirement can often give us the ideal opportunity for that. It's important to keep our brains active as we grow older.