The way of the world is changing and the behaviour of people is evolving around these changes.

Some many years ago the extended family was much closer to the nuclear family and this was the way the people got by with work commitments and family stresses. They were there for each other, strong and reliable. In turn as older generations stuck by their young helping them raise their children, the older generation was then cared for when their end of years came. It was a system that worked for many, many years.

Then came the modern age of the internet and with these great changes emerged from everyday lives of common people. With a vast range of knowledge and information at your fingertips and the ability to visually witness changes all over the world people were able to follow suit and trends were inhibited by people who otherwise would never know any other way to be.

People now aspire to be like others and live their lives to do so. We copy fashion trends, lifestyles and careers off images of what we perceive as a desirable life mainly from media sources. As a result of this people are now fixing upon themselves and changing the way they want their life to be and quite commonly displaying their lives over media in which others will then follow. It has become a behaviour cycle within this generation.

It is not restrictive of age from young to old. As older generations now are encouraged to become technically advanced they too are exposed to the media and the habits of others. Thus is born the age of the selfish grandparents. Seeing other older people living desirable lives at ages such as 50s, 60s and even 70s has turned the helpful generation of hands on grandparents into individuals who now want to relive their lives in the footsteps of others.

More choice in fashion trends for older people and approved socially acceptable behaviour alongside affordable cosmetic procedures has opened up a vast area in which older people are now choosing to roll back the years and relive them. The older generation are spending more on themselves, their homes (with a rise in sales for Minerva kitchen worktops amongst the over 60’s) and expensive holidays.

The children of these thrill-seeking older generations are now finding themselves in times of less family support. The support of a family member seems paramount in such situations. As grandparents seem to be busy in their lives, there appears to be a communication gap between grandchildren and grandparents. When such a situation arises, an extended family member can be of assistance. Unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly difficult to locate family members in the modern age. There are, however, genealogy banks such as that can assist in finding someone from the extended family.

Obtaining the new find lifestyles of the older generation, means they are working longer to continue being able to afford it. Shying off in helping their family with financial matters in order to fund their lifestyles and also selling their homes fast with the help of agents like in order to use the money to live lives they once only dreamed of.

It is as a result of this that more and older people are ending up in care homes without much family to care for them as they are distancing themselves with the selfish acts of living a thrill seeking life to aspire to be like other older people and following the growing trend. Leaving their frustrated children to raise their children without any decent forms of family support in place.