International Women’s Day is a global day which has been marked since 1911. It celebrates women’s achievements while calling for a more gender-balanced world.
We wanted society to recognise the wealth of expertise and knowledge stored in the minds of older ladies across Care UK homes. So this year we asked 12 of our female residents to share the advice they’d give to their younger selves, captured in a short film.
These ladies enjoyed sharing their life experiences and memories, and we hope young women today agree that their wisdom is valuable and inspiring.
Making the film, and watching the final video, was such fun for the residents and it was a valuable reminiscence activity prompting lots of interesting conversations in our homes.
“Know what you want to do”
Some of the key themes that the ladies, aged between 82 and 93, focused on included being yourself and enjoying life to the full, with most women advising to trust yourself and strive for your dreams.
“Give it your best shot”
Margaret Crowther, 91, said, “Make sure you know what you want to do, and be determined to do it”. Anne Gallagher, aged 82, agreed, adding, “Go for it, go for what you want to do – and give it your best shot.”
The ladies also advised compassion and humanity. Rita Atkinson, aged 87, said she would ask women of today to, “Always be truthful, and most of all, be kind and understanding.” Mary Scates, aged 92, thought this was important too, “Be honest to other people, to yourself - just be yourself. Enjoy yourself.”
For Pam Alleyne, aged 85, the most important lesson was to remember that life is too short. She would tell her younger self, “Live every moment and take each day as it comes, because nobody knows how long we’ve got”.
The ladies’ advice was captured in a short film on our International Women’s Day web page.