Studies have shown that people over 60 feel “invisible” in society because of their age.

A study of 2,000 adults found that those over seventy feel the most neglected when they shop for clothes, dine, or drink at a bar.

And 68% believe that they have valuable untapped knowledge that will be wasted, and 52% believe that the younger generation is not interested in listening to what they have to say.

While 86% fear that some crafts may disappear entirely if their wisdom is not passed on.

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

Don Roberts, clinical director of Specsavers Home Visits, which commissioned the study to mark the launch of its new skill center with u3a (University of the Third Age) said: “The study provided an incredibly candid insight into the thoughts and feelings of people over 60, as well as those much younger than them.

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

“However, fortunately, the younger generation has a strong desire to learn from the older generation, so you just need to find a way to make it possible.”

Feeling of alienation

People over 60 feel alienated from the younger generation due to a different perception of mannerisms and a lack of understanding of their experience, with almost half of them feeling “out of touch” with their younger peers.

Social media, music, and the value of vocabulary were also among the things people over 60 felt most out of touch with.

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

However, young people find that their older relatives and friends can teach them about money, history and cooking.

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

And those in their 60s would like their younger colleagues to help them navigate technology, culture, and social media.

Knowledge waiting to be passed on

It also found that a third of young people have spoken at length with relatives over 65 over the past week, although 76% believe that their older relatives are somewhat invisible in society.

According to OnePoll, nearly half strike up a conversation with an older person to stop feeling invisible, and 46% always try to casually say hello.

Although six out of ten fear that one day, when they get older, they will feel just as unnoticed in society.

Dawn added: “There is so much knowledge and wisdom just waiting to be used in the 60+ age group.

“And after research, we’re committed to helping develop that, which is why we’ve created the Specsavers Skills Hub, where that kind of knowledge can be shared to help 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 excited to partner with Specsavers Home Visits to help them share their talents with the world.”

Top 10 Topics Young People Would Like to Learn from Adults Over 60

1. History

2. Cooking

3. Parenthood

4. Money

5. Culture

6. Health

7. Love

8. Marriage

9. Philosophy

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