Adults over 60 feel ‘unseen’ in society due to their age, study reveals

More than half of those aged 60 and over believe that younger generations are not interested in hearing what they have to say – and feel shunned by them

Adults over 60 feel'unseen' and out of touch due to their age
Adults over 60 feel ‘unseen’ and out of touch due to their age

According to research, adults over 60 feel “unseen” in society due to their age.

A study of 2,000 adults found that those in their seventh decade felt most ignored when shopping for clothes, eating out, or going out to drink at a bar.

And 68% believe they have valuable untapped knowledge that will go to waste, with more than half (52%) believing that younger generations are not interested in hearing what they have to say.

Meanwhile, 86% fear certain crafts may disappear altogether if their wisdom is not passed on.

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

But most young people want to learn things from the old generation – DIY included


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Dawn Roberts, clinical director at Specsavers Home Visits, commissioned the study to mark its launch. new skill center affiliated with u3a (University of the Third Age), said: “The research has yielded incredible insight into the thoughts and feelings of people over 60 – as well as those much younger than them. a lot of.

“It showed how changes in society can make people feel invisible and unheard, and question what they can offer to other generations.

“But thankfully, there’s a strong desire from younger generations to learn from the older generation, so it’s just a matter of figuring out how to make this happen.”

People over 60 feel shunned by younger generations due to a different perception of their behavior and a lack of understanding of their experience, with almost half feeling “out of touch” with young people.

Social media, music, and the value of vocabulary are also among the things people over 60 feel most disconnected from.

One in six adults over 60 even claims that they haven’t had an in-depth conversation with someone much younger than themselves in over a year.

However, young people feel their older relatives and friends can educate them about money, history and cooking.

While others would welcome the opportunity to learn about home maintenance in general and how to behave in certain social situations.

And those in their 60s want younger co-workers to help them understand technology, culture and social media.

It also found that a third of young people had an in-depth conversation with a relative over the age of 65 in the last week – although 76% think their older relative is somewhat unknown. in social.

And people over 60 also want younger colleagues to teach them about things like technology


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According to OnePoll data, nearly half will initiate a conversation with an older person to prevent them from feeling invisible, while 46% will always try to say hello when passing.

But six in ten fear that one day they will experience the same unseen feeling in society as they age.

Dawn added: “There is a lot of knowledge and wisdom just waiting to be tapped in the 60-plus age group.

“And after research, that’s what we wanted to help grow – that’s why we created the Specsavers skill center, where such knowledge can be shared to bring about benefits for people of all ages.

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

“We are delighted to be partnering with Specsavers Home Visits to help them share their talents with the world.”

TOP 10 Topics Young People WANT TO LEARN FROM AGES OVER 60:

  1. History
  2. Cooking
  3. Being a parent
  4. Money
  5. Culture
  6. Health
  7. Love and cherish
  8. Marriage
  9. Philosophy
  10. DIY

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