Why is learning important as we age?

For Seniors

Learning is crucial at any point in our life and studies show that it is important to keep learning and seeking, no matter our age.  The thinking for many years was that at some point, the brain stops growing and like other parts of our body, wears out with age.  

This all changed with the work of Dr. Gene D. Cohen, geriatric psychiatrist and pioneer in the study of neuroplasticity: the capacity of the human brain to continue to grow and change with experience and learning throughout life.  He formulated the “potential view of aging” and recommended that service providers move beyond targeting problems associated with aging toward support service approaches that recognize and develop ones own potential of aging.

From ELC Senior Participants…

“It’s good, we meet every week, and it keeps my mind going.  We get along very well, and I really look forward to our meetings.” (97 year old participant)

“I enjoy talking to people….I come home with something new on my mind.” (88 year old participant)

“Being able to see the women articulate themselves so well made me feel I can too.” (90 year old participant)


Time Magazine published an article documenting research that those who use their brains creatively actually live longer and resist dementia. In addition, as our brains age, we may lose certain processing abilities, but the brain compensates in ways that can actually awaken creativity.

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