Let’s make Thanksgiving the day we celebrate Elder Wisdom by asking older people to tell us their advice for living.

Our society portrays older persons as sick, frail, unproductive, and even the culprits for busting the federal budget.

We have become segregated by age such that young people’s contact with elders is almost exclusively within the family. It’s time to make a change. Our elders’ multitude of life experience is a unique source of advice for younger generations. What’s truly valuable are the many lessons our elders have learned in life and their desire to impart their knowledge to younger generations.

Here are some questions that might be great to ask elders you know:

What are some of the most important lessons you feel you have learned over the course of your life?

  • As you look back on your life, do you see any turning points, key events or experiences that changed the course of your life?
  • What are the secrets to a happy marriage?
  • What important choices or decisions have you learned from?
  • What do you know now about living a happy and successful life that you didn’t know when you were thirty?
  • What are the major values or principles that you live by?

Let’s declare Thanksgiving ‘Elder Advice-Giving Day.’ Our elders won’t be here forever, so start this year!


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