Hard up and happy: Bridging a gap between generations
Imagine after a life of contributing to the workings of the world in one way or another, to be then cast aside and forgotten about.
That’s what many elderly people have to endure when they lose their loved ones, or have no family.
They become neglected and left to a life of loneliness and sorrow.
If you give an elderly person just £3 a week… I joke!
In all seriousness though, befriending an elderly person who may otherwise be alone, will not just help them, but you will also learn a lot.
I have had many friends a lot older than me and they taught me so much, in return they said I kept them feeling young.
When I visited Marton Court on one of their coffee mornings, for tips on how to live on a budget for my blog, I was welcomed with open arms.
I took my toddler son Chase with me and they all loved it. We chatted about when they were young, how it is now and how we had a lot of the same values.
I think the regular coffee mornings in residential areas should reach out to younger families too.
They could bridge a gap between the generations, forging many diverse friendships.
I think it helps younger people, especially adolescents, if they have an elderly person to look up to and gain a mutual respect from.
I know both age ranges have a lot of stereotypical stigma attached to them, but people are just people.
The young ones are not all a bunch of hooligans and the elderly are not all like Victor Meldrew – I don’t believe it I hear you cry!
If you see an opportunity to make a friend from a different generation then go for it.