As an older adult, you have skills that can help — and your brain will thank you
Photo Credit: Adobe Stock – Immersing ourselves in another language at whatever age expands not only our minds, but our lives.
Conventional wisdom holds that the older we get, the harder it is to learn a new language. Which is true — except when it’s not.
Turns out that while our brains might not be as quick or deft as in those halcyon days of youth, all that hard-earned experience, knowledge and discipline can come to the rescue.
Using our adult knowledge to learn a language
“[Older adults] know more about culture, about how the world works, about how our native language works,” said Lisa Frumkes, senior director of content for Rosetta Stone, an education technology software company that develops language, literacy and brain-fitness software. “So we can build on these things. We also have to have discipline when learning a language, and that is something older people have more of. Knowing how to regulate your schedule, that’s 90 percent of the exercise.”