Can You Teach an Old Dog New Tricks?

We’ve all heard that saying right? You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but is that true? Whilst that may be true for an older generation of actual dogs I’m sure this doesn’t apply to humans as well does it? It’s an old saying that I have heard many, many times. Probably used just as many too. But the truth is You CANΒ teach an old dog new tricks, person anyway!

Having hid behind this phrase for a good few years now blogging is opening up my eyes. It is teaching me that the things I thought I didn’t know, I am learning albeit slowly but I am. I am doing things I never thought I would be able to do. It is taking time but flicking through my blog from my very first few entries is showing me and proving that there is simply no truth in this old saying at all.

I am learning new things daily. At 35, an age when I thought I would have learnt everything I needed to as well. I am constantly learning more and improving my skills in an area that at one time terrified me! So if I can learn new skills well into adulthood then would it be possible say, to teach these new skills to an older generation?

As you know I work in a small greengrocers. It’s not a big chain like previous companies I have worked for. But a part of the community and somewhere people feel comfortable to shop. Our main customer base is the over 50’s. I often spend my days chatting to them. Listening to their stories and more often than not having a little moan about how the world has changed these days.

I have to agree with them about some things if I’m honest. As one of the last generations to grow up without the technology we have to day, I know what it is like to live without all the modern conveniences we have today. No smartphones, no sky, not even channel 5 until I was about 14! So I know how they feel when they say they can’t get used to this new fangled technology stuff, because you know what, I feel the same too.

But unlike some of the older generation I am able to learn. I want to learn and have a tech savvy daughter to show me some tricks. I also have some very tech savvy blogging friends willing to help/groan when I mess something else up yet again. But what about others? Have we forgotten that the older generation still lives and exists in this time, with all the new advances going on in the world shouldn’t they also have a right to be involved too?

Working in retail I have done some things I would never have expected for older customers and colleagues alike. From helping to top up phones, to helping them use them, looking at you here mum, to advising on different things just to help them out. Just recently I gave my mums partner an Amazon Fire Stick for his birthday and had to help him set it up and open him an Amazon account to go with it! It took 5 minutes for me, but for someone who doesn’t know what they are doing it could end up taking a long time and being a really frustrating task.

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This is where Bathing Solutions come in.

Their new campaign Breaking Barriers is about encouraging us to change. Break the stigma and take some action. Encourage other to join in and learn new skills and tips and helpΒ not only ourselves but elderly people too.

By the year 2050 (not as far away as you think) it is expected that 15.6% of the global population will be over 65. I will be in that category too by then. 2050 will see my 69th birthday and I can’t help thinking what new things would have been invented by then that I will know nothing about, or will indeed need my grandchildren to help me with!

This has got me thinking. Do I have any skills I could teach the now older generation to help make their lives easier or even open them up to a new world? I may feel like I don’t know very much but what I do know could be a great help to someone who is struggling with doing what I deem to be a simple task.

Sending emails, navigating websites or even setting them up. Even down to a simple smartphone tutorial that could really help someone out in an emergency. Maybe you could provide them with a new way to be active. Perhaps you know of a new activity they could take part in. There are lots of different things our generations could teach each other. For example I literally have no idea of how to knit, sew or even have basic cooking skills (honest truth). I could learn a lot from our older generation now. They can indeed give me someΒ skills to pass onto the younger generation as I in turn become more mature and advanced in life (I refuse to just get ‘old’)

So what skills do you have that you could share? Or is there anything you wish you could learn but have not gotten around to yet?

*Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post*
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