No – you don’t have to travel to China to learn how we can grow older and wiser! However, since the Chinese revere the elders I thought it appropriate to insert a picture taken earlier this year during my trip to China. Now – got your attention?
TRUTH OR FICTION?
The truth is we are familiar with people who do stupid things at age 60 that they probably were doing at age 20 while others slow down and show signs of dementia However, I do recognize there are older people who wrote cursively, may have used fountain pens and are currently attached to their IPad!
Studies have been conducted and reported in a journal of Psychological Science that tested the preconception that intelligence much like agility slows down as we age. Their lead author, Joshua Hartshorne explains that we do slow down physically as we age, .but intelligence is different. He claims, ” as you get older you’re slowing down, but you’re also getting wiser!” So, these two things are happening concurrently. The study compared different skills and discovered that the way we age with each skill does differ.. For example, our ability to recognize names and faces ages early while our vocabulary and background knowledge have a longer lifespan. This research was quite complex. They divided the 2,500 adults taking this test into 13 age groups and got a wider picture of those aging from adolescence to retirement. They also added survey and internet based tests that focused on reasoning, memory and emotional intelligence. The end results show that our skills shift as we grow older, and our emotional intelligence takes over. Our ability to determine and decipher body language doesn’t decline until our 60’s. One very interesting finding is that our vocabulary continues to grow and doesn’t peak until we are 70.
So, we can conclude that as we grow older we can become wiser!