Breaking Barriers – Never too Old

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, well I disagree, I don’t think it’s ever too late to learn something new.

“Yuichiro Miura became the oldest person to climb Mount Everest in 2013. He first climbed Mount Everest in 2003, at age 70 making him the oldest person to reach the summit of Mount Everest. In 2008 the record was broken. However in 2013, at age 80 he once again climbed Mount Everest making him the oldest person to climb Mount Everest.”

Image source: Yuichiro Miura

Of course, not everyone can be like Yuichiro Miura but you can still learn something new at any time. Age should never be a barrier.

This is what the campaign #Breakingbarriers is all about. We are seeing an increase in the number of elderly people thanks to advances in healthcare and improved standards of living. These older people should not be cast aside as being unable to learn new skills.

“Times are changing and it’s time for us to change too, breaking the stigma and encouraging each other to take action and get inspired to learn new skills or tricks of the trade.”

There are many opportunities for older people these days, they can learn new languages, take up photography, even start a blog! There should be no barriers to the things they can do. There are even fitness sessions for the over 50s, or classes for yoga and pilates. The older generation should be encouraged to break those barriers and show what they can do.

As I am now into my Golden Years, yes, I know it’s hard to believe! I find that I am wanting to learn new stuff all the time. When I was younger there just never seemed to be time, I was always busy with work or the kids, or both! Now, my life has slowed down considerably and I feel like I need to get my brain into action. Okay, with my health issues I’m never going to be running a marathon or climbing Everest, but there are other things I can do. I know I’m not retirement age yet, but I am proof that learning new things is not just for young people.
If you’ve ever done an Open University course you will see lots of older people studying for degrees. I completed my degree when I was 32, which to some people is old, but in fact I was often one of the youngest in the classes. I’d kind of got things the wrong way around, going straight into marriage and parenthood, then returning to education. The great thing is you can return to education at any time. If it’s not a degree you are looking for there are plenty of other options. At the Open University you can even get a free taster course. I’ve just signed up to a creative writing course which I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into. Keeping your brain active like this helps you to feel young, even when your body may be saying otherwise!

Take a look at the Breaking Barriers campaign today and see if you are inspired with their many skill share videos, blogs and more. See their mascot, Peter, in action as he breaks barriers at a basketball match.

Finally remember, it’s never to late to learn something new.

Disclosure: collaborative post, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


  1. liquoriceuk
    April 30, 2016 / 11:37 am

    What a fabulous campaign. I love the way the internet has really helped provide so many learning opportunities – I'm currently doing an online course in HR whilst learning French on my phone. I doubt I'll ever climb Everest though and am in awe of someone doing so at the age of 80!

  2. May 1, 2016 / 9:55 am

    Great campaign, your never too old to learn new things

  3. May 1, 2016 / 8:18 pm

    I love the sound of this. I may well sign up for something – watch this space! 🙂

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