While employers often tend to shy away from hiring older workers, they might want to reconsider if they’re looking for someone with strong decision-making skills, a new study finds.
Research by the MetLife Mature Market Institute and the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas revealed that older decision makers were more conscientious — careful and organized — than those in younger age groups. More broadly, the study indicates that aging does not correlate with deteriorating ability to think for ourselves, contrary to conventional wisdom that suggests cognitive function begins to decline in the mid-40s.
The study shows older decision makers are as logically consistent as younger ones and that increased age alone was not a key factor in predicting impaired decision-making capacity.
In addition, the researchers discovered that healthy adults in their 50s, 60s, and 70s who demonstrated smart decision-making also excelled at strategic learning — the ability to sift more important information from the less important.
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