A lot of people believe that once school (and sometimes work) is behind you, it’s no longer important to read and learn. But the opposite is true. After 50, this is one of the most important times to continue reading, studying and learning. Alzheimer’s and dementia are two very real possibilities for everyone. Like almost all diseases and illnesses, memory loss comes from a variety reasons, including genetic, but the most critical is lack of use.
The more you use your brain as you get older, the more it retains. Writing, learning a new language (I’m working on French right now), doing artwork, talking about the old days and childhood memories, learning and playing a musical instrument, playing crossword puzzles, doing needlework (hand-eye coordination is as important when getting old as it is for a toddler), gardening, studying history and/or religion, playing the stock market, even doing old fashioned algebra… all of these fire the different areas of the brain which keeps it working and not stagnant.
No one knows everything. Everyone can always learn something new. Doing so everyday is rewarding and helpful in so many ways.