Mar 29, 2022
A care home in Orpington 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 Foxbridge House, on Sevenoaks 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%) feel modern technology is the cause of traditional skills being lost.
In a bid to prevent hobbies and skills from being lost over time and give them a new lease of life, Foxbridge House 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 Foxbridge House having the opportunity to join a gardening club or taking part in intergenerational activities regularly.
In the South East especially, 68% 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 54% said some old-fashioned skills simply aren’t needed anymore.
Stella Barnes, Home Manager at Foxbridge House, 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 Foxbridge House, 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 Orpington 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 17% of people polled in the South East think it will be just 10 to 12 years before they rely solely on technology to do things previously done without. Yet, 26% 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.
Foxbridge House has been designed to deliver the very best standards of care and to enable residents to live active and fulfilled lives. The home provides full-time residential, nursing and dementia care, as well as short-term respite care.
TOP 50 LOST SKILLS AND HOBBIES
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