Conventional thinking assumes that elder workers have trouble adapting to new technologies and many of us even visualize elders who cannot find their way around a keyboard and have to ask their grandchildren what an APP is. I believe this notion is nothing more than a stereotype which is not accurate at all. People claim that elder employees need more time to have a good command of a new technology at work since they would learn less and remember less than younger employees. Unfortunately, this is not true. In fact, the elder adults' cognitive performance is more consistent than that of the younger workers. Elder workers' wealth of experience enables them to design strategies to solve problems in order to learn new things.
Besides, elder employees are less likely than their younger colleagues to find using technology in the workplace stressful. When looking at younger generations in the workforce, a large proportion of them are used to using technology in their personal lives, which raises the expectations of what technology can be in their professional lives. However, they do not always achieve that level of clearness and proficiency at work, so they could feel a sense of frustration at tools that are not up to snuff. In contrast, elder people who have been working longer usually are more tolerant for technology that may not always be as good as it might be. More importantly, elder workers bring skills to many jobs that younger workers cannot duplicate. Even if their detailed technology savvy is not as good as those of the 20-year-olds, they bring different skills of great value to the table. In most cases, elder workers' productivity is more consistent than younger workers because their motivation is higher than the younger workers' and they are more stable and less erratic. Experience helps older workers compensate for the physical and mental changes that accompany aging.
To conclude, elder workers can learn high-tech skills if they are given the opportunity and incentive to do so and it is a real mistake to conclude that they cannot. I believe even if in the era of technology, there are more to consider when it come to a promising career.