In this study, the older participants performed just as well as the younger ones. They lacked confidence in their ability to remember things.
This means that many of our cultural beliefs about aging are wrong. Older people can learn new things.
Citation: Touron, D. “Memory Avoidance by Older Adults: When “Old Dogs” Won’t Perform Their “New Tricks” Current Directions in Psychological Science June 2015 vol. 24 no. 3 170-176Psychological Science, 2015