Generally speaking, it is true that our ability to learn decreases with age. People find it difficult to retain new information as they get older. This is due to a reduction in inhibition-the ability to ignore or forget unimportant information. In younger people, the memory can better distinguish between important and unimportant facts. When this capacity diminishes, too many bits of information jostle for a place in the working memory, often getting in each other's way. This is why fresh information is more easily lost.