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Spotlight On #BreakingBarriers For The Elderly

Hey Cats,

Here at Adventures Of A Riot Grrrl we are passionate about breaking boundaries. When I heard about the #BreakingBarriers campaign I knew I had to tell you about it. Bathing Solutions UK have put together a campaign to raise awareness based around elderly mobility and continuing learning new skills. They put together a really fun video which demonstrates that we shouldn't judge anyone from their age. Check it out right here.

With the increase in great medical advances and just general good living people are living longer which is just amazing. A huge 15.6% of the population will be 65 and over by 2050 and we really should be taking care of them and helping increase mobility in any way possible. The government are making great steps with free bus passes which ensure that older people can get out and about more and socialise, not to mention do some serious shopping. After retirement it is important to keep active socially and physically which is why Bathing solutions UK are kicking aside the old proverb of "You can't teach an old dog new tricks" and inspiring us to support the complete opposite. Age is not a barrier to learning new skills so why not encourage the silver haired beauties in your life to pick up a new hobby. Why not sit down with your gran and show her how to get that old photo album digital and yes it may mean some embarrassing pictures popping up on Facebook but also a great way for her to access family at the click of a button when she may be feeling a bit lonely.

Older people have been accessing courses learning anything from knitting to social media. Over on the Bathing Solutions UK website they have a whole host of ideas accessible to all ages. You can also see some behind the scenes footage from the video too. Blogging is a great example of something that can be ageless. I have seen some seriously fierce fashionable above 65s and I know I would check out their blogs if they had one. The older generation have so much to teach us and I really respect that.

Every day I hear people say things like "I would love to learn how to do that but I have left it too late" well I want to tell you that it is never too late to pick up anything. I didn't start blogging until after I was 30 years old and I am only just learning to drive not to mention learning the guitar and I hope that when I am in my 70s I am taking a leaf from the #breakingbarriers campaign and still finding new things to learn. Life is about living and gaining new experiences who knows we may have brand new pensioner rock stars in our future and I think that is pretty cool. Help raise awareness for #BreakingBarriers by sharing this post, the video or taking time to help someone learn new things or experience something different to their norm.

What new skills would you encourage?

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