The Legacy Project

Lessons for Living from the Wisest Americans

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Getting Beyond the Need to Please Everyone

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 11:09:31 +0000

Agnes, 74, moved beyond trying to fulfill the expectations of others and the need to please everyone. She discovered daily joy in small things.

Learning to live in the moment: Why not do it now?

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:02:45 +0000

Rather than focusing only on our long-term plans and ambitions, the elders tell us to learn while we’re young how to live in the moment.

Jeanie, 90, An Inspiration to Girls Everywhere – Our Intern Reports!

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 10:01:39 +0000

We are so lucky at the Legacy Project to have wonderful student interns who join us to learn about aging issues, and elder wisdom in particular. We ask them to profile lessons from an elder they interview. Emily Hoyt is a junior at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, majoring in Human Development. Here’s what […]

“It All Boils Down to Choices”: Marge’s List of Lessons for Living

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 15:52:21 +0000

Marge, 84, worries that young people won't listen to her lessons, and that she may seem to "preachy." But her advice is clear and beautifully worded.

Don’t Play Favorites with Your Children: It Can Last a Lifetime

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:00:23 +0000

There’s a theme that struck me in talking with elders about the families they grew up in. Of all the things that left an unhappy feeling about their childhoods, parental favortism was right up at the top.

Realistic New Year’s Resolutions – from the Wisest (and Oldest) Americans

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 11:44:42 +0000

Yes, it’s that time of year again. We’re all seeing the lists of resolutions in the press and on various blogs. But I recall reading that only a tiny fraction of New Year’s resolutions are ever acted upon. Here’s a Legacy Project take on New Year’s resolutions.

Don’t Put It Off and Be Sorry When You’re Older

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 11:02:05 +0000

Gail, 91, has one piece of advice for avoiding regrets: Do it now. What young people will regret, she suggests, is not pursuing opportunities while they can.

Giving Thanks: The Core of Elder Wisdom

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:14:46 +0000

Jane, age 90, offers her thoughts on gratitude for life's blessings (despite its challenges). Great reading for your Thanksgiving!

Maureen’s List for Living – The View from 93

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 11:17:34 +0000

Maureen's list for living, looking back from age 93. One lesson for aging: "Take steps not to become a bore!"

Learning to Swim – in the Flow of Living

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 11:39:03 +0000

Charles, 83, offered a striking metaphor for aging well: learning to swim in life.