Apr 12, 2022
Three care homes in Edinburgh have joined a nationwide campaign to save older hobbies from being forgotten.
A poll of 2,000 adults carried out by Care UK, which operates Cairdean House, Murrayside and Lauder Lodge, 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, the care homes are 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 Cairdean House, Murrayside and Lauder Lodge regularly taking part in hobby clubs and intergenerational activities.
In Scotland especially, 61% 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 47% said some old-fashioned skills simply aren’t needed anymore.
Gillian Goodall, Home Manager at Cairdean 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 Care UK, 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 Edinburgh 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 14% of people polled in Edinburgh think it will be just 10 to 12 years before they rely solely on technology to do things previously done without. Yet, 21% 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.
Cairdean House, Murrayside and Lauder Lodge have all been specially designed to enable residents to live active and fulfilled lives, while also promoting independence. The care homes incorporate space for hobby and leisure activities, with plenty of space indoor and out, to enjoy.
For more information about Care UK homes in Edinburgh, visit careuk.com/edinburgh.
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