I don't learn/recall as well in my thirties. Strategies?
March 26, 2014 6:04 AM Subscribe
What are some strategies to keep the mind in its best condition to learn, retain, and recall as we age? Its much harder and psychologically daunting for me to keep "fresh" than it was just a few years ago. How do I halt the decline or improve the situation?
posted by meantime to Education (11 answers total) 29 users marked this as a favorite
Even with the partying, intoxication, and lack of focus, studying, or caring that I (enjoyed?) in my teens and twenties, I was able to quickly learn whatever I wanted/needed to and quickly recall and synthesize everything on cue.
I'm mid thirties now, with wife and two young kids. Typical family, work, financial responsibilities and pressures that come with this life period - though I probably stress about things a bit more than others. I'm sure the stress at a minimum doesn't help my learning abilities.
Now, I have a hard time recalling things that i've learned back in school or last week. I have to commit an overwhelmingly large part of my focus to anything I'm learning or know that I will have to recall in order to avoid having to relearn it again (or worse, not have it available when I need it).
Its common knowledge that learning is easier in our youth. But I think I'm struggling with it a bit more than normal. I also see many (most?) people my age or older dealing with it at least as well as I am.
What strategies are there to keep learning and recalling as we age?