Seniors celebrated ahead of National Care Home Open Day 2018

Wiring a plug, doing multiplications without a calculator and changing a tyre are amongst the things the over 55s are better at than 18-34 year olds, according to Bupa research.

The poll of over 55s was carried out ahead of National Care Home Open Day 2018.

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.”

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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 added: “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.”

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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