LEARNING NEW SKILLS SLOWS COGNITIVE DECLINE

“Now is the time to learn!”

That can be said at any age. Whether you are 1 or 100 +, NOW is the time to learn! 

When we choose to stop learning, we choose to stop living. I only really woke up to this recently after leaving formal schooling 27 years ago. I realised that I had been repeating the same routine day after day for too many years and my brain was craving new energy. I did some research, found Qualify Now, and have since woken up my mind to new possibilities thanks to the guidance of exceptional Trainers.

Research shows that new knowledge and new skill acquisition pays off in regard to slowing the cognitive decline associated with aging. A study in the Annals of Neurology (June 2014) found speaking two or more languages, even if you learned the second language in adulthood, may slow age-related cognitive decline.

In another study, neuroscientists from Ruhr University Bochum observed that learning processes in seniors resulted in improved perception.

It’s not as simple as keeping the brain active though. It’s also about learning new things.

A study published in Psychological Science, examined adults aged between 60 and 90 who were assigned to either learn a skill which demanded more use of working and long-term memory, or do simpler mental activities like crossword puzzles. At the end of the 3-month study the “complex skill” group showed greater improvement in overall memory compared with the crossword puzzle group.

The OG of long-bearded wizards and mentors, Merlin, said this about learning as a way to ward off the mental ailments of aging –

“There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.”

― T.H. White, The Once and Future King

 

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