How adults can kick old habits (and keep aging minds young)

"You're never too old to learn" is more than just an old adage, explains psychologist Dr Helgo Schomer.

Dr Schomer says that adults can still learn to communicate better, argue more effectively or improve their behaviour patterns.

Neuroscience shows that the development of the brain continues throughout life if it is exercised, he explains.

It's one of the most fantastic organs in the body that will respond to stimulation all the way. We can learn new behaviours, better communication as mature and older people.

Dr Helgo Schomer, Psychologist

He says that the older one gets, the harder it becomes to break out of habits and thinking patterns.

However, initiative and effort are required in order to adopt a habit or improve or unlearn poor behaviour, according to Dr Schomer.

If you do not want to be better, it's not going to happen. If you don't practice the new patterns, the old habits will dominate the new.

Dr Helgo Schomer, Psychologist

He suggests that the key to staying young is learning a new activity at least once every two years.

Listen to the full conversation from The Redi Tlhabi Show (with Eusebius Mckaiser):

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