Older people have the ability to continue learning and it also helps to improve their health and quality of life

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Older people have the ability to continue learning and it also helps to improve their health and quality of life:

– Aging does not prevent academic performance and participation in cognitively stimulating activities can promote academic success in older adults.
– Participating in educational processes helps to keep the mind and brain active; it promotes an improvement in health, autonomy, social commitment and intergenerational communication; and greater confidence, knowledge, and skills. In addition, it prevents cognitive decline and reduces the risk of dementia.


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Raúl Cáceres

La personas mayores probablemente sientan reparo en estudiar a su edad. Más si cabe rodearse entre jóvenes, más proclives a estudiar. Aún así, aquellos que dan el paso pueden verse beneficiados. No solo por el hecho de aprender, sino porque estudiar, atender clases y llevar en definitiva una vida activa, puede retrasar los efectos del envejecimiento. Con el paso de los años, nuestras neuronas van muriendo y con ellas nuestra capacidad de establecer conexiones mentales y la rapidez mental. En el caso que no ejercitemos nuestro cerebro, este proceso puede acelerarse o seguir su curso habitual. En el caso que lo sometamos a ejercicio, como puede ser estudiar, nuestra calidad de vida y de vejez será mucho mayor. Nos permitirá en el futuro ser más autónomos.

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