2015年9月13日托福独立写作范文：Is it as important for older people to study or learn new things as it is for younger people? (15.09.13)
The adage " One is never too old to learn" applies to everyone especially in a world when change is daily occurrence. Senior citizens are no exceptions in this respect. Rather, an acquiring mind and willingness to explore novel things promote elders to better adapt to the modern world as well as enrich their leisure time.
First, older people are prone to be more adaptable to today's world if they keep learning. Modern technological advancements have revolutionized the way people live, which is characterized by the proliferation of the use of computers in a wide variety of respects of life, ranging from paying bills, booking tickets for vacations as well as dealing with medical insurance. If older people were equipped with the computer literacy, they would not be left behind but lived in the rapidly-growing society with ease. Besides, the computerized communication in the form of Face Book, Twitter and MSN known as the most favored tools for instant communication, makes it possible for pensioners to eliminate the negative feelings of being ignored and neglected particularly when their offspring work far away. If the elderly learn to be proficient in using this state-of-the-art technology, if not tech-savvy, they would keep in touch with their loved ones by taking advantage of the hi-tech, such as video-talking on Skype. Thus, they would not be overly emotionally reliable on their children.
Further, an on-going learning ability contributes to more options for older people’s retirement life. Unlike the stereotypes of the retirees, who are mostly described as tending to grandchildren and doing domestic work, elders in today’s society can benefit from embracing novelty. This point is best illustrated with the example of an old couple I know. Contrary to what most older people assume that life after retiring becomes tedious and monotonous, they certainly know how to fill in the gaps. After learning basic computer skills, they opened a store in Taobao, the most noted and popular marketplace online in China and sold works of calligraphy produced by themselves. As both of them were calligraphy enthusiasts for years, they wrote and collected a great amount of calligraphy works. Because they regarded their store mainly as a platform to discuss and share with calligraphy lovers worldwide for reciprocal learning rather than monetary purpose, the interests they developed through exploring new things was helpful in making their retirement more enjoyable.
Some senior citizens claim that their memory and eyesight decline due to old age, so they might not learn as swiftly and efficiently in comparison to younger people. This may be partly true. Nevertheless, they only look at one side of the situation. In order to complete Capital , Karl Max began to learn Russian when he was fifty-two years old. Six months later, he was able to read original books and reports written in Russian fairly well. After one year’s persistent learning, he became proficient in using the language. In his autobiography, he said, “It takes strenuous work for an aging man like me to learn foreign languages, yet the learning process keeps my mind working even better, making me invigorated and refreshed.” Clearly, a man’s learning outcome largely hinges on his tenacity instead of his age, and the merits resulting from learning are self-evident.
From what has been discussed above, we could safely draw the conclusion that as a life-long process, learning can produce a far-reaching impact on older people, which will benefit them in fostering adaptability to the fast-changing world, and achieving their life goal in a more meaningful way.
As people age, they tend to become more andmore set in their ways. When we are young it is easyto revise our beliefs and adopt new perspectives, but over time, our thinking slowly becomes rigid. But just because this phenomenon is the normdoesn't mean that it's ideal. There are someadvantages to more rigid thinking, but I think it's a good idea for old people to continueacquiring new knowledge.
For one thing, an increasing number of medical studies show that staying mentally activecan help prevent dementia and Alzheimer's disease. When you keep your brain engaged, youcan build reinforce the connections between brain cells or perhaps even create new ones. Thisis possibly why Alzheimer's occurs less in populations with higher levels of education. Thus, inorder to live a longer and healthier life, it is recommended that elderly individuals continue topursue cerebral activities like learning new things. Learning has tangible health rewards.
For another thing, continuing to acquire new knowledge will keep elderly individualsemotionally present and connected to the world. When people enter the later stages of theirlives, they tend to stop adapting to societal development. Changes in society can seem tocome swiftly and without warning, and upon feeling overwhelmed by the sudden alienness ofthe world around them, many will choose to retreat into their minds to live in simpler, morefamiliar times. These individuals stop trying to learn to use new technologies or grasp new waysof interacting, and so they become out of touch with those around them. A grandfatherunwilling to use Skype to communicate with his grandchildren on the other side of the world, for example, will live a more emotionally impoverished life. So by continuing to acquire newknowledge, elderly individuals can better maintain their connections to others.
Granted, non-stop learning can be tiring and time consuming. There is a prevailing beliefthat old age is the time to relax and let go of such potentially stressful endeavors, and thatthe consequences of putting learning on hold are acceptable and even inevitable for oldpeople. I can sympathize with this view—after a lifetime of exertion, people deserve tofinally kick back—but in the end, I think that continued learning will lead to an overall increasein the quality of life for elderly individuals. Learning will require some exertion, but howenjoyable will life be if you're too senile or out-of-touch with loved ones to appreciate it? Inthe end, keeping your brain active will ensure that you can enjoy the time you have left to thefullest.
People generally accept that the older we get, the less new knowledge we acquire. Peoplealso generally accept that older people inevitably mentally degenerate and lose touch withsociety. If we do not relinquish the pursuit of knowledge in old age, however, then we do nothave to resign ourselves to senility and alienation.