My mini monsters are very lucky to have 2 sets of Great Grandparents, this was a rarity when I was small, in fact both my Great Grandparents died whilst me and my siblings were very young. But it would seem as we head into a time when for one of the first times in history we are about to see the number of our senior generation surpass that of the youth, with those 65 and up making up 15.6% of the global population by 2050, that Great Grandparents are becoming a norm in a young child's life.
I don't remember much of both sets of Great Grandparents other than them being quite old looking and very frail, with walking frames, in care homes and they didn't really have a lot to with us, there were definitely not any lifelong memories made. I hope I don't sound disrespectful when I say that, it's just quite a stark contrast to the monsters Great Grandparents, their Great Grandad goes to football at weekends and is highly active. And my Nan, also in her 70's, has Ellie over to stay every week, I do think that Ellie being older is a factor in this as I wouldn't ever send the mini monsters that's for sure! I've also found that since the mini monsters started school, a lot of the people in the playground are Great Grandparents, as Grandparents are still working, the Great Grandparents take role of child carer now too.
My Nan is always going on about how she is 'behind the time', and how she should learn how to do stuff, which may I add she isn't, she recently went out and took part in a computer course, which she completed, she was so so proud of herself for doing it! Even if some of her terminology was wrong, she still got that certificate at the end of it, and she could not wait to tell everyone about it. From her Grandchildren, to the random lady in the queue at the post office, she let everyone know the her age had not stopped her completing and gaining a new skill.
The fact of the matter is that with all of the amazing advances in healthcare and improved standards of life quality for older generations, mean we are all living longer. But it also had the lovely folk over at Bathing Solutions asking, 'Why does society often cast off its seniors as 'incapable' or 'unable' to learn new skills?' With it's new #BreakingBarriers campaign, Bathing Solutions encouraging our older generation to take action and learn new skills, whether that be learning a new language, learning pilates, or how to cook like Mary Berry there are lots of ideas on the Bathing Solutions website, you can also find more information about community courses in your local area.