Myth: You can’t teach an old dog new tricks

It’s been said that old dogs rarely have difficulty in learning new tricks, they just have to convince themselves that it’s worth the effort! There is overwhelming evidence of the benefits of new learning throughout life, and particularly into older age. These can range from delaying the onset and progression of dementia, to reducing dependency on the public purse, particularly the health system. While there have been savage cuts to continuing education classes in recent times, there are still plenty of options out there (or even on the internet) to learn new stuff for not very much money.

Community newspapers, libraries and your local Citizen’s Advice Bureau are often the best sources for checking out activities such as sports, art, dance, language, yoga, exercise or music classes in your community.

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