Life Lessons from Older Adults

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Older adults share life lessons

Brookdale Communities, a senior housing company, wanted to tap into the wisdom gained from years of life experience. They asked only one question – What is the One Thing you would tell a younger person? After speaking with over 100,000 of their residents, they created this online book full of life lessons.


Wisdom for all aspects of life

The answers covered a variety of topics, including:

  • Following your dreams
  • Going through hard times
  • Caring for someone
  • Choosing a mate
  • Raising children
  • Getting older
  • Being grateful


A few of our favorites

“It’s better to do something and fail, than to succeed at doing nothing” —Elise, age 89

“Be a friend first, then a spouse.” —Zetta, age 77

“If you have no money, still take a day trip and enjoy the beautiful world.” —Lottie, age 77

“As a caregiver, a person has to be more of a companion to them, not a servant, and must be patient and flexible.” —Russell and Odile, both age 96

“Be prepared for the unexpected. Laughter is the best medicine. Take care of yourself first. Don’t take things too personally. Respect others’ wishes.” —Leona, age 87

“I’m not old. People 10 years older than me are old” —Jan, age 92

“Keep a cool head and a warm heart.” —Actress and singer Florence Henderson, age 80


Next Step  Read the Brookdale online book Just One Thing


By DailyCaring Editorial Staff
Image: Brookdale Senior Living Solutions


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