Learning when you are young is easy. Youngster are like sponges, you tell them something once and they just seem to absorb that knowledge. Especially if it is something that they really like.
Even school aged kids, will find it harder as they progress through the school system. Now this could be due to a couple of different factors. Sometimes the kids are just not interested in learning about a certain subject and their minds are turned off. It is almost impossible to retain anything if you are not interested. A few facts may enter that grey matter, but that’s about it! The rest is in the notes and hopefully won’t be on the test.
Even University students know that the learning is harder when they are older. I’ve had my own kids tell me that this was so much easier when they were younger and yet, I thought it was just me that was having trouble.
So it seems that there is a consensus that as you get older it gets harder and harder to learn new things. Oh it’s not that you don’t want to learn new things, but rather, that your brain is not as flexible at storing those new things.
So what’s a person to do, when they know that learning is something you’ll do till the day you die? You just keep on learning, that’s what you do. You learn new ways to make the information stick to the grey matter in your brain. You learn to play word games in order to remember names, places, important articles and such. Without the games you are really at the mercy of forgetting….and the young ones in your circle of family and friends will need to learn some patience. They will have to understand that sometimes you really need things repeated again and again.
As my kids and well meaning friends remind me all the time, “there is a lost and found maybe your brain is in there?”
It’s a good thing for them that I haven’t lost my sense of Humor!