This post is made possible with support from AARP’s Disrupt Aging. All opinions are my own.
I turned 53 years old this month, and I feel fantastic! I’d go so far as to say I feel like I’m living life better than I ever have! And because I feel so great, I’ve been thinking about how the reality of aging is so far from the myths many of us have grown up believing.
It’s time to disrupt aging myths and set the record straight!
Myth: Older people can’t learn new technology.
I call BS!
As I sit here writing this post, I’ve surrounded myself with technology. I’m in the car typing away on my laptop (which is a different OS than my home computer,) connected to WiFi through a hotspot and VPN and I’m half-watching/half-listening to a movie on my tablet while doublechecking GPS directions on my phone and checking into a hotel via an app.
Take that, ya ageist myth! I’m getting older and keeping up with it all! Quite frankly, I’m probably keeping up with it now better than I did when I was younger.
My own kids believed this myth until they watched me learn and become proficient at running a website while navigating the twists, turns and updates of constantly evolving technology. Now they get it!
Not only do I learn (and dare I say, excel at) new technology, I seek it out. I LOVE trying the latest and greatest gadgets, and I’m constantly researching to stay on top of the latest trends and advancements.
Technology changes dramatically in the blink of an eye and quite honestly, it’s an expensive habit to have, but it’s so much fun!
The key to busting the myth that older people can’t learn new technology is to realize that people (no matter their age) have to want to embrace it.
So, if you know someone who’s older that’s not into technology, odds are they never were. Why should they be expected to care and learn about techie gadgets if they’ve never had any interest in them before? They shouldn’t!
If they don’t want to learn new techie things, it’s their choice, not their age, that’s driving that train.
In the same respect, a person who never enjoyed reading will never enjoy reading, so why would anyone expect otherwise?!
I refuse to be defined by those silly ageist rules and myths, and that’s why I’ve partnered with AARP on the #DisruptAging campaign to bust at least one of those silly myths into pieces!
Visit DisruptAging.org to find out how other disruptors are breaking the rules, smashing stereotypes and reinventing what it means to age!