Why do we have Less Motivation to Learn as We Age?

By Jim Windell

           I don’t know about you, but I have noticed that many people, particularly after they retire, seem to lose the zest they had previously for engaging in new activities, taking on new challenges or learning new things. Do most people need the structure of a job and a daily routine in order to maintain an interest in the new or the novel? Do they just get tired and want to put their brain – and their body – in a rocking chair? Or is there some other explanation?