Elderly people in care home share advice for younger generations

Elderly people in Yelverton Residential Home have shared some pearls of wisdom for younger generations.

The messages from the OAPs, who are aged between 75 and 104, have caught the attention of people online after they were posted on Facebook. The residents, who live at the home in Devon, were asked to reflect on their life experiences and offer any advice to young people.

They wrote their answers on a whiteboard, which they were then photographed next to. And it’s safe to say their responses have been making people smile.

One resident, Margaret, said it’s best to ‘spend all your money, enjoy yourself while you’re young, have some cheek and don’t be pushed around.’

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She added: ‘If you’re nice to people more often than not they will be nice to you.’

Coral had some very thoughtful advice for couples and relationships. She said: ‘Think before you ink, never go to bed without apologising for an argument, turn your back on an argument rather than a thump.’

Bett, on the other hand, had some straight-talking advice. She simply said: ‘Keep your legs together.’

The oldest resident in the home, 104-year-old Rosaleen, wrote: ‘I admire them for their independence. They’re not afraid to try anything. The young people are so much wiser than I was at that age.’

Dottie said: ‘Always be helpful, and merry and bright.’

Alternatively, Betty told young people to ‘work hard at school, get a good job and help others if you can.’

Tony simply said: ‘Be yourself.’

Manager Peter Gaffney said the activity was part of the home’s varied programme to lift spirits during the coronavirus pandemic.

He commented: ‘In the early days of Covid it was to show everyone we were fine and in good spirits. But then we thought we have got a lot of life experience in here, our oldest resident is 104, and they are good characters so we thought we would give this a go.

‘We had seen it elsewhere but we were not expecting it to go off like it has on Facebook. But our residents have made a few wise comments that have made people laugh.

‘We just asked them to put their comments down and put it out there. We want to show that without visitors life is continuing and we can still connect with them.

‘It just shows all staff and residents are in good spirits even with all the anxieties with Covid.’

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