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3 Pieces of Advice Over 50’s Would Give to Young People

When we are young, it’s common to be thinking ahead to all the exciting things in life to come. You might dream of building a career, travelling the world or raising a family of your own. It’s natural to get pre-occupied with the big events in our lives, but sometimes this can mean that important opportunities can pass us by.

In a OnePoll survey* commissioned by funeral plan provider Ecclesiastical Planning Service, men and women over the age of 50 were asked what the one piece of advice is that they’d give to young people, and we wanted to share the top responses. At Douch Family Funeral Directors we’ve met many people over the years, both young and old(er), who have imparted various pieces of advice, and we know how much there is to learn from other people’s experiences. It can help to put things into perspective or to offer a point of view or idea that you may not have thought of.

1.       Save early

In the OnePoll research, they found that the person’s aged over 50 surveyed would give the advice to save money early. Saving money gives you the financial freedom to do what you please with your life, especially if you use savings to make effective investments that can come to fruition later in life.

The participants in the study also stressed the importance of saving for a pension early. It can be hard to imagine being a retiree at a young age but if you have more money saved for when the time comes, you will have a far more enjoyable retirement.

2.       Be yourself

There is the only version of you, accepting yourself for who you are will allow you to be more compassionate towards yourself and others. Many of us have external influences, determining the way we think we’re ‘supposed to be’ but once you establish your own identity, you can take control of your own life. Being yourself is not only empowering to you but will also inspire others to be open and encouraged to do the same.

3.       Live life to the full

Many of the people taking part said they would advise young people to ‘seize the day’ and ‘enjoy life’. While saving and investments are important, life is short and meant to be enjoyed.

The general consensus of the poll can be summarised by one participant’s response:

 “Spend a little, save a little and live life to the full”

Douch Family Funeral Directors is a family run company with a long history of arranging funerals and running or supporting Dorset events. One of the reasons we love where our branches are is because of the great Dorset community. At our community events, people come together for support and to share stories. To find out more, contact our friendly team today on 01202 367 307 or email us at [email protected].


*OnePoll Research of 1,000 men and women aged 50 and above on behalf of Ecclesiastical Planning Services, November 2017.


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