Are the over 50s more caring than younger age groups?

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A recent survey by Yours Magazine, has highlighted that people over 50 have got big hearts.

People aged between 60-69 give an average of £210 annually to charities which is £42 more than the UK average. Over 90% of over 50s are on friendly terms with their neighbours and 87% have helped a stranger who needed assistance.

Have you become more caring as you have got older? Do you notice your Silversurfers friends offering you support when you need help, or advice? Do the younger generation have the same emphasise on caring for others?

Are the over 50s more caring than younger age groups?

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24th Aug 2015
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It would be interesting to try to quantify this - is it about how much money that different age groups give to charities, or how do you quantify 'care' ?
Are there any statistics that would back this claim up and distinguish what age groups actually give to charity - although this would not be a yardstick to measure actual 'care' ?
15th Aug 2015
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hi everybody. I had a very shocking incident in my small town last week , indicating to turn right into a parking space , the passenger window of a slowly passing car was wound down and I was given a torrade of abuse from a young man in the passenger seat about twenty , I will not repeat what he said , I followed him , which I know was silly , and after the girl who was driving got out itook his number , all the time receivingabuse about my driving, I do not think that was good , what a sad society it is.
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11th Aug 2015
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The Siversurfers team have phrased the question incorrectly. Of course we should give money to support the less fortunate and if you can afford it, is very easy. But it is not a measure compassion or caring. Giving money has nothing to do with being a good friend or good neighbor.

The younger generation are fantastic at getting out there to support charities with their time and effort. Starting in their teens and on into their twenties, thirty's and forties, they work overseas with medical and other skills to support charities. Here in the UK they run, jump, swim, cycle to raise money for charities.

At 70 I believe that the younger generations do more for charity and more to help others then my generation or the generation after me ever did
10th Aug 2015
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I guess what it comes down to is how children nowadays are brought up. When I was young I was taught to respect everyone, especially people older than myself and I have passed this knowledge on to my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Only one of them, a female is all for herself first and last in every respect.
I take care of my wife who is a diabetic, she takes care of me with all my health problems and we survive and have been happy and content for 52 years since we married. Alcohol is the main problem in my area with youngsters nowadays. I Think some older retired people/disabled people have no respect for anyone while driving disabled scooters through any shopping centre, they think they have the right of way and no respect for anyone else young or old. Some teenages have no respect for property, break car windows, destroy gardens and break house windows in my area on a regular basis at weekends.
I guess it comes down to the individual, young or old. IT REALLY COMES DOWN TO "HOW THEY WERE BROUGHT UP".
6th Aug 2015
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It's usually "all about me!" for anyone under the age of 40. Worked with them - glad I don't have to now!
9th Aug 2015
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What a sad comment. I've worked with all ages and have found good and bad in all.
6th Aug 2015
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I have to say, I think it depends on the individual. My 19 year old daughter was studying in Shanghai recently, and each day she saw a homeless man on the streets, playing an instrument with his disabled son. One day she went to the shops, and bought them some food and drinks, and delivered it to them with a smile and a warm gesture and gave them a little bit of money too .. all off her own back ... I think it can depend on upbringing and example too.
6th Aug 2015
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As many people get older I think they get more relaxed in their attitudes generally and also tend to care more for others as they have time. Most also have families and have cared for them over the years and this tends to have a strong influence as well. I think this has always been the case. I am always amazed at the amount of kindness and courtesy shown generally in the UK regardless of age

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