Itís All In The Attitude
So, you think that your memory is bad?
∑ Itís probably not as bad as you think!
∑ Attitude is everything!
Older people tend to think that memory problems are an inevitable sign of aging. This is FALSE!†
Older people tend to expect to have poorer memories as they get older, and they tend to think that their own memory performance is worse than it really is.† This can be really problematic, because it means that older people will not try as hard as younger people to learn new strategies to remember things, because they think that it wonít work. They become less motivated, and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy!
Research has shown that having a positive attitude towards life and towards your abilities is the key to successful aging and memory performance. To have a better memory, people have to believe that change is possible.† In order to teach an old dog new tricks, you have to believe that you can teach an old dog new tricks!