“Young people need something stable to hang on to — a culture connection, a sense of their own past, a hope for their own future. Most of all, they need what “the elderly” can give them.” —Jay Kesler

Each stage of life brings different rewards and challenges and getting older seems to be particularly difficult. If you can dwell on the positives —we have learned a lot about ourselves and others, we can spend time doing what we want to, we no longer face the stress of work, no longer have to get up early and fight traffic—then we can accept that although our bodies and minds have changed we are still important and have much to share. Hopefully we have people we love and people who love us to listen to what we have learned and what we feel. What is truly joyous about this stage is to be able to share your stories with people who are patient enough to accept, listen and learn. Make sure children know about the lives of grandparents and great-grandparents. Encourage your elderly family and friends to share their stories to enrich the lives of others and bring peace and contentment to themselves.

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