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Wisdom booths

Care UK launches a new initiative across the UK


Life lessons are often passed from one generation to the next

Each day at Care UK, we hear wonderful words of advice from residents, and we’ve decided it’s time for the rest of the world to benefit from them too 

Whether it’s to start saving at a young age, trusting your gut or not being in a hurry to grow up, the older generation have endless pearls of wisdom that we can all learn a thing or two from.

That’s why we’ve launched Wisdom Booths, a nationwide initiative which sees residents gift their words of wisdom to the younger generation

At Millers Grange, we created a life-size Wisdom Booth, and invited adults in their twenties to come along for some free and friendly advice from Jean, Theo, John and Ron.

Life lessons on the day included some very matter of fact career advice from Jean, 95, who said, “Don’t be put off by others saying you can’t do it”.

“Keeping yourself clean” was another solid piece of advice passed on by 89-year-old Ron Hayes, when approaching relationships, and Theodosia (Theo) Howells, 97, reminded the younger generation to “always keep smiling”.

Watch our Wisdom Booth in action

Care home residents around the UK share their advice


Care UK homes across the country are also taking part in the Wisdom Booth initiative, launching their own advice sessions for younger generations.

Ambleside care home, in Stratford-upon-Avon, is inviting children from two local schools through its doors for residents to talk to them about their school days and share advice on getting through their younger years.

Residents at Dashwood Manor, in Basingstoke, are creating a book filled with advice on specific topics, such as love, money management and life skills. Between all residents living at the home, they will have over 5,000 years’ worth of wisdom to share.  

Blossomfield Grange, in Solihull, is hosting a mother and baby session, inviting new mothers into the home so that the older generation can share their tips and experiences on motherhood. 

The results are in

Care UK commissioned a survey of 2,000 adults which revealed the wisdom handed down by parents and grandparents.

Advice that has been handed down the generations included be kind, start saving from a young age and don’t be in too much of a hurry to grow up. 

The survey also revealed some interesting stats...

  • According to the study, as many as 89 per cent have put advice they’ve been given into action throughout their everyday life with 35 per cent finding it very useful.
  • It also seems the familiar phrase ‘the older you get, the wiser you become’ is believed in by 65 per cent of all those who took the OnePoll study.
  • Starting young, 24 is the average age at which those polled began to take certain advice onboard, but 52 per cent wish they had listened to it more during their youthful years.
  • What’s more, 88 per cent are grateful for what they’ve been told by their elders and 56 per cent will always rely on them for advice, regardless of how old they are. 

After some advice of your own?

Head over to Care UK’s Facebook page to submit your questions, and some will be responded to via the wonderful residents in our homes!

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After some advice of your own?