Saturday 10 December 2016

Ask your elders, not the web - good advice never gets old

Published 15/01/2016 | 02:30

'Why have we stopped tapping into the greatest resource we have - the life experiences of older people? Who better to tell you what not to do than someone who has been alive for 85 years?' (stock photo)
'Why have we stopped tapping into the greatest resource we have - the life experiences of older people? Who better to tell you what not to do than someone who has been alive for 85 years?' (stock photo)

What can you do to live a life without regrets? For some reason, in contemporary society we have stopped asking our elders for advice. We'd rather look up the internet than pick up the phone to a parent or older relative and ask their advice.

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Why have we stopped tapping into the greatest resource we have - the life experiences of older people? Who better to tell you what not to do than someone who has been alive for 85 years?

Karl Pillemer, professor of human development at Cornell University and founder and director of the Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Ageing, did just that. Over a period of five years, he talked to a group of 1,200 people between the ages of 70 and 100 and asked them about living well.

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