I'm 68. I happen to have dyslexia and a math disorder - I have a very hard time remembering the order of operations and other things basic to math. I had to take intermediate algebra 3 times in order to pass, and now I've forgotten it all. But my IQ is over 130, and I've read over 1,000 history books. My point is, not everyone has the same type of intelligence, which is now part of standard theory about intelligence.
Consequently, learning coding is a nightmare for me. I had almost no help in learning how to work with computers - I did it from reading magazines and experimenting with software. In my age group I'm the most computer savvy person I know, but that's mostly because the others haven't tried. I know people who speak 4 languages but can't figure out how to manipulate the icons on a smart phone. We were raised on textual instructions, not pictures that showed us how to do things. It's a different approach.
If my computer flashed a text message that said, "The reason your screen is frozen is because your CPU is too hot," that would be simple. But no, you either have to take it to a technician, or diagnose it yourself. The computer industry is not friendly to the elderly.
As for who is more intellectual, intellectualism is about the love of knowledge for its own sake, not about mechanical or electrical ability, or even mathematical ability. Real intellectuals are interested in everything, or at least in a great many things - philosophy, math, languages, anthropology, history, psychology, biology, etc.