Yes, it's true we do learn a little slower. So what? Did you know that recent research indicates seniors take longer to remember things because there is literally so much more information in our brains than in the brain of a 20-something? Click here for an article about this from the London Telegraph, January 2014, based on British research.
And think about this... Did you know how to drive a car the second time you got behind the wheel? Of course not. Did you learn complex dances the second time you did them? Of course not! It's the same with technology. It takes practice and repetition.
The benefits you gain far outweigh the fears that stop you. How do I know? Because I was once terrified too! Technology was foreign and frightening to me. I would get stymied when it didn't react the way I expected it to. But I kept with it, asked for some help, got to learn the basics and realized that I could do it.
Once you understand how to look for information on the Internet, you can become your own health care advocate by familiarizing yourself with what is going on in your body. If you choose, you can look for alternative, non-pharmaceutical solutions to some of your health issues. You can find out if the wonderful doctor that you've been referred to has an non-responsive staff, or enormous wait times. You can comparison shop for your medications, learn a foreign language and find videos to help you exercise or that reduce stress. And everything you do is challenging your brain. Each time you start a search, you are doing something good for brain health.
No one is too old to learn. Recent research has definitively shown that when you stop challenging the brain, the brain slows down. However... if you continue to challenge the brain, a process called Neuroplasticity occurs. The brain will create new neural pathways, new memories, when you repeat an activity over and over. As with my 65 year old friend with the stroke that left him unable to tie his shoes, after just four attempts at learning it again, his brain accommodated itself and created a new memory. And my friend ties his own shoes again.
Our Senior years truly can be golden when we approach them with a commitment to eat well, move our bodies and never stop learning and doing and connecting with others in a meaningful way. With a zest for life, a love of adventure and a desire to make the best of every minute we have here together, we can ride into our senior years strong, fit and ready to take on new challenges.
Individual lessons are $50/hour plus $10 travel over 20 miles
PCs, Macs, All smart phones, tablets, readers and digital cameras.
(Classes are presented with Power Points and Wi-Fi)
I can put together a class on almost any subject, so if there is anything special you want to learn with technology, just ask me.