i was a good sight reader when i was a kid, but lost it for a few years when i was playing in bands that didn't require reading. then at about age 35 i started taking lessons from dave larue and built it right back up again within a few months. i'm not good enough at it to sightread a broadway show the first time through, but i can hang pretty easily on the oldies shows i do. now at age 48 i'm starting to feel a little of that "old dog, new trick" thing creeping in, but i try to fight it and try to learn new activities and keep my mind expanded, and you can, too. getting old is no reason to not keep learning.