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What are some skills that members of the older generation (say, over 60) have these days that younger generations lack?

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Basic handyman skills to change a flat car or bike tire, unclog a toilet, sew up a hole in a sock, etc.

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The ability to focus on a conversation for longer than 5 minutes without checking their s0dding phone.

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Agree with Reckless, basic handyman skills. I'm a millennial and its quite rare for people my age that know how to sew, patch a flat tire or basic electrician repairs. It always amazes me when people learn that I know a lot of basic handyman stuff. Another important skill that older people have is persistence.

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I would say the ability to take orders and adhere to company culture. Just read an article on how millenials and younger generation are looking to change the corporate culture to suit them, instead of learning to adapt to the corporate culture. As in, flexible work hours, esoteric benefits, etc.

Very spoiled.

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Fall asleep during a job. Knowledge of the job which needs passing onto the younger workers. Like Master and apprentice.

But younger ones are usually better with the technology so they in turn can teach and show the older ones how to use it. Many older people have smartphones but mostly only use the phone/text/camera parts.

Both can learn and experience together.

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I would say the ability to take orders and adhere to company culture. Just read an article on how millenials and younger generation are looking to change the corporate culture to suit them, instead of learning to adapt to the corporate culture. As in, flexible work hours, esoteric benefits, etc.

Yeah, because the older generations ability to take orders and adhere to company culture has worked out so well for the working class right?

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The ability to not use some form of personal computer for communicating during the day and still be OK. We can also hold a normal conversation with the opposite sex quite naturally AND actually enjoy and look forward to doing it.

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Basic handyman skills to change a flat car or bike tire, unclog a toilet, sew up a hole in a sock, etc.

Are these things common to most older people? I honestly don’t know. I was lucky enough to have been brought up by an engineer and a tailor. Both of them taught me good skills.

My skill with a needle and thread is one of the few things I can impress my wife with.

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I'm highly skilled and capable of taking care of most but that isn't true of all my 1950's generation and there are just has many incapable ones.

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The ability to pour scorn on the following generations.

All of this has happened before, and all of this will happen again.

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Um, standing up to change the channel, adjusting a TV antenna to get a better reception, using a dial phone, preset an audio cassette tape for recording using a pencil, programming a video cassette recorder to tape your favorite TV shows, how to make fire by rubbing two sticks together.

This question is totally subjective to the individual and not to the demographic.

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The life experience to know that the things most people worry about are not nearly as bad as they seem, and the things few people worry about are much worse than they seem.

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Money. It's mostly in their pockets.

This question is totally subjective to the individual

I agree.

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