Mar 23, 2022
A care home in Aberdeen has joined a nationwide campaign to save older hobbies from being forgotten.
A poll of 2,000 adults carried out by Care UK, which operates Tor Na Dee, on North Deeside Road, found reading a map, using a compass and even simple handwriting are high within the top 50 list of lost talents – and a majority of those surveyed (77%) blame modern technology.
In a bid to prevent hobbies and skills from being lost over time and give them a new lease of life, Tor Na Dee is encouraging locals to join a nationwide campaign to tap into thousands of older people’s expertise and knowledge – ‘Long Lost Hobbies’.
As part of the initiative, residents across the UK are revisiting favourite hobbies from their younger years and sharing their skills with younger generations – with those living at Tor Na Dee having the opportunity to join hobby clubs and take part in intergenerational activities regularly.
In Aberdeen especially, 52% of respondents think today’s generations aren’t interested in learning things like identifying plants and insects, sewing on a button or even spelling – while a further 67% said some old-fashioned skills simply aren’t needed anymore.
Maureen Barrett, Home Manager at Tor Na Dee, said: “Over time, many of us have become reliant on technology – meaning many hobbies that were once popular are now sadly being forgotten.
“This is why we’re excited to take part in the ‘Long Lost Hobbies’ initiative. Here at Tor Na Dee, we know residents have a wealth of skills and hobbies that are now considered to be on the decline – and that is something we wanted to celebrate.
“We’d like to encourage everyone in the Aberdeen community to join us in our efforts to save old skills and hobbies by reaching out to their relatives or neighbours. We have so much to learn from older generations – and I’m sure they’d be more than happy to share all of their knowledge.”
As part of the survey, it also emerged that 21% of people polled in Aberdeen think it will be just 10 to 12 years before they rely solely on technology to do things previously done without. Yet, 24% are still trying to keep certain skills and arts alive by teaching them to others.
For top tips on how you and your loved ones can revisit forgotten pastimes, please visit: careuk.com/long-lost-hobbies.
Tor Na Dee provides full-time residential, nursing and dementia care, as well as short-term respite care. Designed to enable residents to live enjoyable and fulfilling lives, the care home has its very own cinema room and hairdressers, and there is plenty of space both indoors and out for relaxation and recreation.
TOP 50 LOST SKILLS AND HOBBIES
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