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Is It Ever Too Late to Learn

  1. theirishobserver. profile image58
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    It is now 8.40am in Ireland, temp:0 but not too cold, I have just posted a Hub about a 70 year old man that I know who has just finished a PHD, that begs the question - Is It Ever Too Late To Learn?

    1. profile image59
      (Q)posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      It's never to late to learn. The problem is that so many don't want to learn anything.

    2. alexandriaruthk profile image53
      alexandriaruthkposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      oh well at least he fulfilled his dreams, how about 70 years old man learning to snowboard, there are limitations, so it depends

    3. falcon64 profile image59
      falcon64posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Learning is a continues process. No matter how old you are. My mother-in -law is 90 years old. But she is continue learning, making a book of fiction and fact.

    4. Cagsil profile image60
      Cagsilposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      It's never too late to learn, as long as YOU don't close yourself off to learning. smile

    5. vox vocis profile image90
      vox vocisposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Obviously not! Life is continuous learning....

    6. profile image0
      lyricsingrayposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      truly inspiring big_smile

    7. shazwellyn profile image83
      shazwellynposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      what a cool man!  Obviously it is never too late! hehehe

      1. ThoughtfulSpot profile image67
        ThoughtfulSpotposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Shaz - Its seems as though I'm following you around the forums today.  Are you leaving a trail of cookie crumbs? I am awfully hungry. smile

        1. shazwellyn profile image83
          shazwellynposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Umm... no cookies but I have some hot cross buns!  Want some? xx

          1. ThoughtfulSpot profile image67
            ThoughtfulSpotposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Ok,thanks, but I'll have to "grab and go." wink smile Need to get back to work.

    8. IdeaMorphist profile image75
      IdeaMorphistposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I believe that it is never too late to learn. Unfortunately there are aspects of aging which can affect an individual's ability to retain what they are learning.

    9. DGB profile image54
      DGBposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      NEVER TO LATE TO LEARN

  2. theirishobserver. profile image58
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    well

  3. skyfire profile image72
    skyfireposted 7 years ago

    You're learning til grim reaper comes up. tongue

    We're learning about this world & ourselves till the last breathe.

  4. megs78 profile image61
    megs78posted 7 years ago

    Its not supposed to be ever too late to learn, but there a lot of people out there who choose not to learn and continue making the same idiotic mistakes smile

  5. theirishobserver. profile image58
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    formal education for mature students in Ireland is encouraged is it encourgaed in your part of the world....

    1. rebekahELLE profile image90
      rebekahELLEposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      yes, it is and should be. learning something new is one of the greatest ways to keep the brain healthy and gives people a sense of accomplishment, provides new opportunities. the brain is like any other part of the body, use it or lose it.
      I remember in college hearing one of the professors say often,
      'learning is an exciting adventure.'  smile
      I think it also keeps the mind open to new info, ideas and the older adult doesn't end up being cynical and close minded as many unfortunately are.

  6. skyfire profile image72
    skyfireposted 7 years ago

    In asia, people discourage adult learners but now trend is changing people are learning in universities irrespective of age.

  7. megs78 profile image61
    megs78posted 7 years ago

    yes it is encouraged here.  There are some great programs for those who want to continue their education and to continue to learn.   Its an important part of staving off diseases such as alzheimers and depression and the government recognizes a way to relieve pressure on the health system as its population ages, so they put money into those programs to keep people learning.

  8. aoiffe379 profile image60
    aoiffe379posted 7 years ago

    Learning is a matter of attitude. To learn, you must want to be taught.Before my 83 year old mother died, I used to have her sit at the computer with me so I could keep an eye on her.She was fascinated by it and wanted to touch  and experiment. One night I ran into a problem and did not know what to do next.I let her fool with the computer and she solved the problem by touching a key I knew about but had never used before then.Eventually, she learned how to send emails.
    When my aunt- my Mom's sister was 87, she came to visit for the summer. By the second day she wanted to go home and decided to call her daughter. The phone had a block for overseas calls and I told her the only communication was the computer. It took a while for her to adjust to the idea of typing but I told her if she knew her ABC, it was easy.It was a long tedious process for her to send her first email but once she got the idea she was thrilled to use the computer. Finally she asked how it worked; and when I explained it, she indicated that she wanted a computer of her own.She taught me more than I taught her that summer. She will be 92 soon and is still learning new things.We are all lifelong learners.

  9. theirishobserver. profile image58
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    skyfire, thanks for that great to see that mature students are being welcomed back...

  10. theirishobserver. profile image58
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    megs78...great....love to know that mature students are getting help....here in Ireland Education was for too long the preserve of small elites...now people from all back grounds are being encourgaed into education, this is good for the economy and for the country....

  11. theirishobserver. profile image58
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    oiffe, great, love to hear about this type of encouragement, I think it is great to see people returning to education, I like the idea that learning stops the on set of certain brain disease, I would rather see someone using a computer than being idel in a nursing home....well done

  12. aefrancisco profile image69
    aefranciscoposted 7 years ago

    never it be ... there's always room for growth . . . and life is a continous search for meaning -  and as we do explore the different facets of life, we're learning smile

  13. BEAUTYBABE profile image74
    BEAUTYBABEposted 7 years ago

    I have a friend whose mother went back to night school at the age of 68, not only got her High School Certificate, She was Dux of her Class and then went to get her Bachelor of Education, just to prove to herself that she could do it if she applied herself enough.  The reason behind this was that she grew up with 12 brothers and sisters, without much education.
    She married very young, had nine children of her own. After a conversation one night, one of her daughters, who had just finished school, said "  I'd like to see you do that mum", as a joke, only Mary didn't see it as a joke, rather a challenge. She booked herself in for the next year and started to go to night school. The best part is that it was all a surprise, because her family thought she was doing craft, when all the time she was being educated and getting her High School Certificate and Bachelor of Educ.
    Can you imagine the looks on her children's faces, when she said she was getting award for her craftwork. However, when they turned up,they found a very different scenario. They were so proud of Mary, but I think the pride that she felt that day, far outweighed anything that they had.
    I just thought this was a fantastic story, and an inspiration to any grandmothers. I forgot to mention, she is the grandmother of fourteen as well, actually she just recently became a great grandmother, with another expected in three months. She is 83 this year.
    I think this is an amazing achievement.  BB

    1. ThoughtfulSpot profile image67
      ThoughtfulSpotposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      What a wonderful story.
      And, no, I don't see why we should ever stop learning... formally or otherwise.

  14. theirishobserver. profile image58
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    beautybabe thanks for taking the time to share this wonderful story.....great to hear so many encouraging stories.....

  15. Greg Cremia profile image60
    Greg Cremiaposted 7 years ago

    After about 2 am I find it difficult to learn.

  16. DaniellaWood profile image72
    DaniellaWoodposted 7 years ago

    It's never too late to learn. It is true that the human brain has it's steepest learning curve during childhood, but the brain can always learn and take in unbelievably large amounts of information whatever its age. It's all down to your attitude. If you're willing to learn, you'll learn; if you're not, you won't. Simple. tongue

  17. Black Lilly profile image60
    Black Lillyposted 7 years ago

    I'd agree with the concept that it's never too late to learn, but somehow a PhD in your 70s... Maybe there are other things to be learned too?

  18. theirishobserver. profile image58
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    Black Lilly, I hear what you are saying, but can we ever put a sell by date on dreams....smile

    1. Black Lilly profile image60
      Black Lillyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Of course not. Just I believe that such things as degrees are normally meant to help you in your career - you need them for work. If you're just learning something for the sake of it, degrees are not what you aim for - knowledge is.
      Personally if I ever get to 70, I'd be head over heels in some charity work, trying to make a change for others, whose time is yet to come.

      1. megs78 profile image61
        megs78posted 7 years ago in reply to this

        i like that point of view.  and I agree.

  19. wychic profile image78
    wychicposted 7 years ago

    Nope, it's never too late to learn as long as you acknowledge that you don't know it all! My husband loves to tell me about his grandfather, who grew up in Russia and was a palace guard under the last Tsar...he left Russia directly after new management moved in (they REALLY didn't want a 7' reminder of the last government hanging around). He died in the US at the age of 104, completely fascinated by any kind of technology he could get his hands on and learning everything he could about this "computer" thing. His wife also continued learning and they both passed their love of learning on to their grandkid...she just never could get over her fear of electricity, it was such a strange thing to her.

  20. theirishobserver. profile image58
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    wychic, I like that happy face, how are you, yes must agree never to late to learn....if life were a Supermarket I would not like a sell by date on my dreams.....smile

    1. wychic profile image78
      wychicposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Agreed! I have a while to go before retirement age (I love my job so I don't know that I'll ever actually retire) but I see it as a great time to kick back without the kids and have time to learn some more smile. I'm doing great, you? We got a fresh snowfall last night so I've just been staying inside and trying to concentrate on work...it's not working very well, is it?

  21. donotfear profile image91
    donotfearposted 7 years ago

    Never too late!
    I went to college at 34...graduated at 46.  Didn't work in my career goal til age 47! Never too late, always remember that.

  22. tobey100 profile image59
    tobey100posted 7 years ago

    Yes.  If you leap from a tall building and on the way down learn you indeed cannot fly.  It's too late!

  23. theirishobserver. profile image58
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    tobey100, that would be too late..

  24. theirishobserver. profile image58
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    megs78, I cant find the last post on this thread - but I see from front page it was you - so I dont know what you said....very annoying

    1. megs78 profile image61
      megs78posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I was just referring to what Blacklilly said about getting a PhD in your 70's.  I don't think its a bad idea, but of course there are other ways to learn.  WHen I had said that Canada puts money into programs to keep the population learning as they age, I didn;t mean university.  I meant things like taking a second language, painting courses, glass making classes, woodworking classes, psych courses for the love of psych and learning, not for a diploma, etc.

  25. Dame Scribe profile image60
    Dame Scribeposted 7 years ago

    Never too late to learn and I tell my kids, never stop learning whatever piques your curiosity. big_smile education is offered thru regular school, night school, mail, online, in a variety of subjects, in Canada and US. One just has to WANT to learn, least I think so.

  26. theirishobserver. profile image58
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    While I initially brought this thread to you yesterday because of a 70 year old graduating, yesterday evening my story was out done when I read in the paper that, a US woman finally achived her ambition of graduating from college the day before she died and nearly three weeks after celebrating her 100th Birthday. Her name was Harriet Richardson Ames from Concorde, New Hampshire....so there you have it, its never too late to make your dreams come true....RIP that great lady...

    1. profile image56
      probafixposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      wow!

      That`s amazing

      at least the lady became a graduate before dying.

      really was a great lady !!!!!!

  27. gramarye profile image59
    gramaryeposted 7 years ago

    NEVER! I went back to uni at 30, and have professional jobs ever since, and continued studying while working, and have now submitted my PhD. But learning is not always about studying. Every day I learn about people, life, love and trivia!

  28. Happyontheinside profile image80
    Happyontheinsideposted 7 years ago

    I think maybe it's a state of mind. I don't think it's too late to learn personally but I've known a lot of people who think it is...They seem to think it's about age, I'm not so sure. I have a theory that it is more about how tired you are.

  29. theirishobserver. profile image58
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    gramarye, firstly let me say I am now a follower, your story is inspiring and wonderful, I also went back as a mature student, my Phd has stopped and started many times, but I am in no panic, I am doing the things I enjoy and life is good, I am delighted to be able to share with everyone here, while I may often go off on a tangent and raise some mad topic - that is just a bit of fun to clear the cob webs.....I can be very serious and anyone wanting help or advise may just ask....as long as it is not technical....this is all new to me

  30. theirishobserver. profile image58
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    I must say I am getting a great buzz from all this positive encouragement for mature students......When I finally got to Uni there was not much going on for mature students...in fact most of the Student Union budget was spent on Raves and other such like.....I started a 70s/80s Disco, full everytime, much love made, many marrages created, I also set up day care for kids so that the women both single and married could do their study without worrying, I was not very popular with the student union because of this as the day care came out of the Union budget...stuff them.....it was great.....prior to the day care there was a big drop out rate among Mature ladies returning to eduction...by the time I left we had it down to 1% drop out rate...and that was mainly beacuse they got work....

    1. ThoughtfulSpot profile image67
      ThoughtfulSpotposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Good for you, and how wonderful too.  It really is difficult to work out formal education at a later age.  Its a shame that it comes down to it, but the devil is truly in the details.  You expect the challenge of classes, the financial issues of paying for college, and the exhaustion from working and school and family, but then getting hit with the logistical nightmare of your families needs on top of your own is a major set back.  I wish more people took the time to make a difference like you did.

  31. theirishobserver. profile image58
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    thanks thoughtfulspot, I am really enjoyung this thread...great:)

    1. ThoughtfulSpot profile image67
      ThoughtfulSpotposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Me too.  Thanks for posting.
      OT - What part of Ireland are you from? My husband and I honey-mooned there, and I just fell in love with the country and just about everyone we met.

  32. theirishobserver. profile image58
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    just outside Dublin.... smile

    1. ThoughtfulSpot profile image67
      ThoughtfulSpotposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Spent some time in your neck of the woods, although not nearly enough.  I did not want to come home when our trip was over... we even entertained the idea of looking into work visas.  (This was many years ago, and pre-kids... now the grandparents would never forgive us if we packed up and left. smile )

      We started in Shannon on day 1, and drove an easterly, southern loop down and then back up to Dublin.  (We then took the ferry across and drove up through Wales to spend the second 1/2 of our trip in Scotland.)  It was an amazing adventure, and I don't think I've ever seen such beautiful countryside or met friendlier people.  (Although driving on some of those skinny roads took some getting used to! lol)

      Alright, I'll stop hijacking the thread for my personal interest now. lol

  33. EFPotter profile image60
    EFPotterposted 7 years ago

    There was recently an article on Yahoo! news about a one hundred year old woman who accomplished her life's dream of earning a Bachelor's degree the day before dying. Her name was Harriet Richardson Ames. It can be found on the Huffington Post website. In light of that, no, I don't think it's ever too late to learn.

  34. mimran profile image54
    mimranposted 7 years ago

    learning will never stop, you can learn in whole life.

  35. theirishobserver. profile image58
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    thoughfulspot, great to hear you had a good time in Ireland...at the moment it is cold.....Shannon is beautiful my friend lives on the River Shannon with her young family....I try to add pics of Ireland to my hubs......I love the country side here...but this time of the year the weather can be mean.....the recession is hitting people hard....so not so many happy faces about now...but we will get through....hope you come back again...best to do it in the summer time

  36. theirishobserver. profile image58
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    thanks for that rebekahelle....great to see so many positive comments...smile

  37. profile image0
    TheVerbalAxiomposted 7 years ago

    Nope, even if your 97 (lucky enough to live that long) you can learn simple things.

  38. aware profile image72
    awareposted 7 years ago

    Ebeneser scrooge has the answer

  39. Lita C. Malicdem profile image60
    Lita C. Malicdemposted 7 years ago

    It's never too late to learn. A rolling stone gathers moss just as we gather knowledge as we move around. The saying, "You can't teach an old dog a new trick is wrong". People in their old age tend to want to know more about anything and relate to them. Look around the hubpages, you'll see many of the hubbers in their late 60's. I do!

  40. marcel285 profile image70
    marcel285posted 7 years ago

    No way, it's never to late, your brain is capable of just about anything. I have been brain training for the last couple of years, and my IQ has gone from ranging from 115-120, to ranging from 130-145. My goal is to get it up to 160.

 
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