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Is it very difficult for older adults to learn new things?


No. Although learning performance tends on average to decline with age, all age groups can learn. Research studies have shown that learning performances can be improved with instructions and practice, extra time to learn information or skills, and relevance of the learning task to interests and expertise. It is well established that those who regularly practice their learning skills maintain their learning efficiency over their life span.




Linda Breytspraak, Center on Aging Studies, University of Missouri-Kansas City






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