Yes, old people can learn, if they think it’s important. And more than likely, they’re going to tell you right to your face if they think it isn’t.
If for example the older person is a school teacher and she’s being told to learn yet another package of cross-your-fingers curriculum to improve test scores, handed to her by a central office administration that hasn’t even bothered to determine whether or not this newest package is effective…well, the old gal might just tell you – and she likely WILL tell you, because this ain’t her first beauty contest – what she thinks of the new effort.
Can she learn? Most certainly. Will she make the effort? Maybe not.
Rather than throwing up their hands in ageist resignation, today’s employers might find it more effective to demonstrate the value of the new thing to the older workers.
Hey, that sounds familiar. Isn’t that what they’re saying about the millennials?