Adults over the age of 60 feel “invisible” in society because of their age, the study found

A study of 2,000 adults found that those in their seventh decade feel most ignored when shopping for clothes, going to eat or drinking at a bar.

And 68% believe they have valuable unused knowledge that will be wasted, and 52% believe the younger generation is not interested in what they have to say.

While 86 percent fear that some crafts may disappear altogether if their wisdom is not passed on.

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However, 87 percent of young people want to learn from the older generations.

Don Roberts, clinical director of Specsavers Home Visits, who commissioned the study to mark the launch of his new skills center in collaboration with u3a (University of the Third Age) said: “The study gave an incredibly vivid picture of the thoughts and feelings of people over 60 as well as those much younger than them.

“It showed how changes in society can leave people unnoticed and unheard, as well as doubt what they can offer to other generations.

“However, fortunately, the younger generations have a strong appetite to learn from the older generation, so it’s important to find a way to do that.”

A feeling of alienation

People over 60 feel alienated from the younger generations because of a different perception of manners and a lack of understanding of their experience, with almost half feeling “out of touch” with their young colleagues.

Social media, music, and the value of vocabulary were also some of the things that over the age of 60 felt most inviolable with.

One in six adults over the age of 60 even said they had not spoken to anyone much younger than themselves in more than a year.

However, young people feel that their older relatives and friends could teach them when it comes to money, history and cooking.

While others would be happy to have the opportunity to learn about the general maintenance of the home and how to behave in certain social situations.

And those in their sixties would like their young colleagues to help them understand technology, culture and social media.

Knowledge awaiting transfer

It also found that a third of young people had in-depth conversations with relatives over the age of 65 in the past week, although 76 percent said their older relatives were invisible in society.

According to OnePoll, almost half will start a conversation with an elderly person so as not to feel invisible, while 46 percent always make an effort to say hello in passing.

Although six out of 10 fear that eventually as they get older, they will feel just as unnoticed in society.

Dawn added: “There is so much knowledge and wisdom in the age group over 60 that they are just waiting to use.

“And according to the study, we want to help with development, so we created a Specsavers skills center, where such knowledge can be shared for the benefit of people of all ages.

Sam Mauger, CEO of u3a, said: “Our participants know that age is nothing but a number, and they like to share their skills – and learn – with each other.

“We are excited to work with Specsavers Home Visits to help them share their talents with the world.”

Top 10 Topics Young People Want to Learn in Adults Over 60

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3. Paternity

4. Money

5. Culture

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7. Love

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