Older & wiser: celebrating our seniors ahead of National Care Home Open Day 2018

17 April 2018

Ahead of National Care Home Open Day 2018, new research reveals the areas where older generations are still outpacing youngsters

The number of feet in a yard, how to wire a plug and how to do multiplication without a calculator - these are amongst the things over 55s are more likely to know than 18-34 year olds.

So much so, nearly three quarters of over 55s can rewire a plug, compared to only 17% of those under 35.

Researchers also found that older generations are less likely to turn to spell check, and know when to use correct grammatical terms such as ‘who and whom’, ‘who’s and whose’.

Meanwhile, how to change a car tyre, how to write a formal letter, and how to play chess are among the things that the younger generation are yet to conquer.

The figures were released today by Bupa, ahead of National Care Home Open Day 2018, an annual event that sees care homes open their doors to the local community.

This weekend over 100 Bupa care homes will be holding events to help communities engage with older residents, reducing isolation and helping break down barriers between the generations. Amongst the events will be Queen’s birthday celebrations with royal themed tea parties and live music.

Joan Elliott, Managing Director at Bupa Care Homes said: “There’s so much we can learn from our older generations, but there’s a real danger that we’re losing valuable life skills and pastimes. Thankfully these things are easy to pass between generations, we just need to find time to start the conversations.

“Over 100 of our care homes will open their doors this weekend, hosting parties for their local communities. It’s a great chance to meet new faces and share stories. You might even learn something new!”

The poll of 2,000 adults found 58 per cent of over 55s know how to get stains out of clothes, while just 31 per cent of millennials are confident in they can do the same.

Twice as many older Brits are sure they can sew on a button, and just half of 25 to 34s agreed they can iron a shirt compared to 84 per cent of senior citizens.

Older people lead the way in culinary skills too, with over 55s being most likely to know how to bake WITHOUT referring to a recipe book, as well as being able to guess the weight of ingredients just by looking at them. 

Nearly three-quarters of people feel that younger generations don’t have the same levels of general knowledge, due to a reliance on the internet. What’s more, 87 per cent of adults wished they knew more practical skills, without having to turn to the internet for help.

In fact, 81 per cent of people turn to their internet in search of answers, compared to just a quarter of people asking friends of older relatives. One in five consult an encyclopaedia.

However, 62 per cent of people agree that older generations tender to be wiser. Reassuringly, nearly 40 per cent of 18 to 34 year olds do turn to older relatives with their questions.

And 70 per cent of 18 to 34 year olds said they would like to learn more from older generations than they do currently.

Eighty-three per cent of those polled agreed it’s good for older and younger generations to come together and learn from each other.

Joan Elliott continued: There are plenty of useful skills which are being lost between generations, but Bupa’s National Care Home Day events will allow people to come together, share knowledge and stories, and learn from one another.”

Nearly two-thirds said older people are more clued up because, without the internet, they simply had to remember things.  45 per cent say that older people’s expanse of knowledge in having fewer distractions back in the day.

For more details on the Bupa homes taking part in Care Home Open Day, and to find an event near you, visit https://www.bupa.co.uk/care-services/articles/2018/04/care-home-open-day-2018-chod.

 

The things Brits know, broken down by age:

Activity

18-24

25-34

35-44

45-54

55+

The number of pounds in a stone

44.86%

52.05%

53.44%

71.82%

90.42%

How to read the time on an analogue clock

61.21%

60.82%

68.75%

77.07%

90.42%

The number of feet in a yard

17.76%

21.05%

29.69%

45.03%

90.29%

How to manage money

50.93%

52.34%

60.31%

73.76%

85.56%

How to iron a shirt

52.34%

50.88%

56.56%

72.10%

84.12%

How to sew on a button

39.72%

41.23%

47.50%

67.96%

81.36%

How to do times tables, without using a calculator

50%

40.64%

48.44%

64.36%

79.27%

How to use an index

32.71%

35.09%

44.38%

61.60%

77.30%

How to properly polish shoes

29.44%

28.36%

40%

57.73%

77.03%

How to use cutlery in the right order

46.26%

39.18%

46.88%

61.60%

77.03%

How to write a formal letter

46.73%

42.98%

48.44%

63.54%

76.77%

How to wire a plug

16.82%

20.76%

39.06%

58.29%

72.97%

How to spell without using spellcheck

47.20%

38.60%

48.75%

59.39%

72.05%

How to lay a table properly

40.65%

38.89%

49.38%

53.87%

70.47%

How and when to use correct grammar - such as 'who', 'whom', 'whose' or 'who's

46.73%

38.89%

47.19%

55.52%

67.19%

How to garden

27.10%

21.93%

40.63%

46.96%

65.62%

How long fresh foods keep for

30.84%

28.07%

42.81%

50%

62.60%

How to treat a burn

41.59%

32.46%

43.44%

50%

61.55%

How to get stains out of clothes

35.51%

31.29%

35.94%

48.07%

58.40%

How to read an ordnance survey map

21.96%

23.98%

36.56%

45.58%

58.27%

The number of centimetres in an inch

34.11%

33.04%

38.44%

49.17%

57.09%

The collection times for your local post box

17.76%

17.54%

26.25%

35.08%

54.46%

The names of different birds

18.22%

16.96%

26.56%

36.74%

47.77%

How to repair worn or broken clothing

21.96%

16.96%

24.69%

38.95%

46.72%

How to tie a sling or bandage

22.90%

18.13%

27.50%

36.74%

45.14%

How to play chess

27.57%

27.19%

31.56%

44.48%

43.70%

How to administer first aid

28.50%

29.53%

35.94%

37.29%

43.44%

How to change a car tyre

15.42%

24.27%

29.69%

38.12%

43.18%

How to make a cake without following a recipe

24.77%

27.19%

32.81%

34.25%

42.78%

The price of a first class stamp

19.16%

19.88%

25%

30.94%

40.68%

The number of kilometres in a mile

26.64%

25.44%

30.31%

33.98%

37.27%

How to identify plants and flowers by name

12.15%

12.87%

18.13%

24.03%

37.14%

How to arrange flowers

18.22%

16.08%

21.88%

22.65%

34.38%

How to fix a bike chain

21.03%

21.35%

30.31%

29.28%

34.25%

How to start a campfire

20.56%

18.71%

21.25%

33.70%

32.68%

How to make marmalade or jam

13.55%

15.50%

17.50%

18.51%

31.10%

How to guess the weight of ingredients by looking at them

16.36%

16.96%

20%

20.17%

24.54%

How to crochet

8.41%

4.39%

7.81%

10.50%

22.57%

How to ballroom dance e.g. Waltz or Tango

5.14%

3.51%

3.13%

6.08%

15.35%

The names of different constellations of stars

11.21%

10.82%

11.25%

12.15%

15.09%

How to mend a car engine

4.67%

5.26%

6.25%

8.84%

10.24%

None of the above

9.35%

6.73%

5.63%

2.76%

0.92%

 

 

 

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