Lesson 5 -Staying Mentally Alert
Learn to Learn
Older people generally do have different conditions required for optimal mental performance. Age seems to affect the part of memory that enables you to do more than one thing at one time. Studies show that older people are more distractible, less able to filter out outside stimuli, and are less able to juggle two or more tasks that can be easily managed at a younger age. Practically, this means that for optimal working conditions, be aware what’s going on around you and make an attempt to minimize any distractions.
As we get older, absorbing complex new information may take more time, but our vocabulary and accumulated wisdom does not fade away.