I firmly believe however we should be celebrating our the elderly neighbours. Older people are an asset to our community not a drain. Think of all the life experience they have, the world events they have lived through, the skills they have learnt. Society often likes to see the elderly as 'incapable' or 'unable' to learn new skills, but is that really the case?
Women over 75 have had the largest rise as a group in learning to use the internet
Empowering the elderly to learn new skills is an excellent idea and one in which I am fully supporting through the #BreakingBarriers campaign from Bathing Solutions - a specialist in easy access bathrooms for the elderly and those with mobility issues.
A little trepidation is natural when learning something new, some people can lack confidence and that coupled with a lack of access to courses can make finding courses and learning new skills more difficult. The Breaking Barriers campaign helps you find community courses local to you. What about learning a new language, digital photography, beginners yoga or studying for a certificate in horticulture?
Learning a new activity like salsa or ballroom dancing can keep you physically and mentally active
The Milkmaid by Vermeer, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
My mother-in-law is one of the elderly population that is breaking barriers. Nearly 80 she attends a variety of courses such as art appreciation and computing. When we were in Amsterdam at the Rijksmuseum, she was the one sitting down and making notes about the art so she could share with her art group, not me. She is always learning something new, enjoying the challenges that this brings and and meeting up with her friends whilst making new ones through the courses she does. She is firmly of the opinion that you are never too old to learn.
Times are changing and it's time for us to change too, abolishing the stigma of old age and valuing the elderly, and encouraging others to learn something new. You never know we may learn something great from those that are older that us!
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