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.

Sunday, 15th May 2016, 3:00 pm

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.