This is a collaborative post.

We may try not to think about it but we are going to get old. In fact we are getting older day by day. I’m in my 30’s and to the younger generation that probably seems old but you really are only as old as you feel. Yes I know that is a bit of a cliche, but just because you hit a certain number doesn’t mean you are ‘past’ it.

Some feel that the older generation are a burden, that they require care, that they can’t learn new skills. But we should be more appreciative of them. They have more life experience and skills then us….and there is nothing stopping them from learning new skills.

You are never too old to learn a skill.

Bathing Solutions are trying to break social barriers with their campaign.

For one of the first times in history we are about to see the number of our senior generation surpass that of the youth, with those 65 and up making up 15.6% of the global population by 2050!

It can be difficult to see elderly relatives get old. Especially your own parents and especially if they get ill. My father is 76 and at the moment he is ill and his condition is only going to get worse. But he was very active up until his diagnosis. Getting old doesn’t mean you have to put a stop to learning. I remember as part of my previous employment with the Citizens Advice Bureau I used to go to a Women’s Centre. They had specific classes for the elderly ladies to teach them the skills they needed to learn how to use the internet. The classes were so popular they had a waiting list so clearly there was a demand for this and the older generation wanted to learn. And we should be encouraging that! We should be encouraging them to learn new skills, be creative and active.

Being older no longer means you need to get a reclining chair, fluffy warm slippers and a nice comfy blanket.

Elderly couple breaking barriers

My parents neighbours are some of those that are breaking barriers. In their 80’s they are still remaining active. Volunteering at their local charity shop and even learning a new skill – dancing. I hope that if I get to that age I am as active as them!

 

Times are changing and it’s time for us to change too, breaking the stigma and encouraging each other to take action and get inspired to learn new skills or tricks of the trade.

 

12 Comments on Growing Old and Breaking Barriers

  1. Liz Burton
    November 23, 2016 at 5:54 pm (11 months ago)

    Oh I hope I’m still up and at ’em when I’m in my eighties!

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  2. Sarah MumofThree World
    November 24, 2016 at 10:24 am (11 months ago)

    What an important post. I think people these days are more willing to stay active in their older years, but they may need a bit of support and encouragement to do it. It must be hard to see your dad ill like that. Parents ageing is a scary thought, but we all have to face it one day.
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  3. JuggleMum, Nadine Hill
    November 24, 2016 at 10:24 am (11 months ago)

    My step-dad is 81 and has recently taken a turn for the worse. It’s scary that a man who is so ‘there’ in his head, finds that his body is failing, so old age is very present in my day to day life at the moment. However until this recent change I would absolutely agree – we are all living longer and are more active and vibrant into our senior years. Funny – I don’t think of 65 as ‘old’ any more – to me 80 is old, 65 is still middle age. At 30 you are a mere spring chicken!
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  4. Erica Price
    November 24, 2016 at 11:43 am (11 months ago)

    It’s so important to stay active if you can. I see this with my parents – my mother runs and is generally very healthy, but dad does less and is starting to slow down.
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  5. Mary Louise
    November 24, 2016 at 12:08 pm (11 months ago)

    I know so many elderly people that are still so independent and getting out and about!

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  6. Michelle
    November 24, 2016 at 1:43 pm (11 months ago)

    Having just turned 40, the classic middle age, I’ve decided it’s time for me to step up my own game if I want to reach a ripe old age and be active and up and about. The thought of becoming a recluse into my golden years fills me with dread. I can see what has happened to my own parents – getting older, having medical problems, it’s prevented them from enjoying many things. 🙁
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  7. Jen Walshaw
    November 24, 2016 at 10:16 pm (11 months ago)

    I really hope that I am spritely on my old age. I really miss having an older person in my lives as my parents and grandparents are dead

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  8. Kara Guppy
    November 25, 2016 at 8:28 am (11 months ago)

    We are more active now in our 40’s than we were in our 20’s and 30’s – I hope this continues for many more years

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  9. Cass Bailey
    November 26, 2016 at 2:32 pm (11 months ago)

    What a great post – my Dad is at the age now where he’s struggling with things a bit and it does make me sad x

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  10. Kate Williams
    November 27, 2016 at 8:33 am (11 months ago)

    I think attitude is so important too – if you want to live longer you have to try and stay as active as you can and not just decide you’re too old for things.

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