It is a common misconception that memory decays with age. This can only happen when a person does not use their memory properly. A person's memory is just like a muscle. The more it is used, the stronger it gets. When neglected, it atrophies and becomes weak. This is why people often struggle with memory as they age. If a person instead chooses to continue learning new things in their later years, practices memory-improving exercises, keeps their imagination alive and allows themselves to be open to new experiences, they can prevent this from happening.