“Wisdom means using experience, knowledge and judgment well, so there is likely something real to older adults having wisdom since they have more experience, although more of something doesn’t guarantee quality, so this seems a generalization that will often fail, as most do, since one can have experience and learn
While age does not factor explicitly in the Berlin Model, Baltes and colleagues’ research suggests that wisdom rises steadily from age 13 to 25 and then remains relatively stable through to age 75, after which a decline is common, correlated with the physical decline.
Wisdom really does come with age, scientists say. Although older people’s brains slow down, experience and knowledge more than make up for it – helping them make better financial decisions, a study shows. The older group exhibited greater patience and better financial and debt understanding.
Wisdom, further, is thought to lead to greater life satisfaction and well-being in adulthood (e.g., Ardelt, 1997; Baltes, Smith, & Staudinger, 1992). Beyond that, the wisdom of older adults is viewed as beneficial to others and can indicate a benefit to society.
Those participants aged 60 and older had higher wisdom scores than either of the other two age groups, the researchers found.
Empirical studies have shown that older people are better than younger ones in terms of control over emotion, knowing themselves better, making better decisions that require experience, and having more compassion and empathy towards others. These are the things I include in wisdom.
” Wisdom belongs to the aged, and understanding to the old,” says Job 12:12, reminding us of the value of speaking with older adults. 1 Kings 12:6 tells us that Solomon once sought the expertise of older men who helped him make important decisions about the kingdom of Israel.