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8 Vital life lessons from our elderly


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Cerith Gardiner - published on 04/25/21

This collection of stories reminds us of how heroic, insightful, and wise our seniors truly are.

This year has shone a light on the more vulnerable members of society, particularly the elderly. And recently Pope Francis highlighted the importance they play in our lives by establishing World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly on July 25.

In recognizing the “precious voice” of the elderly, we are reminded how blessed we are to have these more experienced members of society showing us the way. In fact, here are a collection of stories in which the elderly share some valuable life lessons.

The simple beauty of marriage

It’s always wonderful and reassuring to hear of marriages that have survived over the decades. When you read about this delightful couple (whose ages total 198 years!) from Ireland who share the secrets behind their happy marriage, it’s impossible not to be charmed, inspired and full of awe.

Watch this inspirational elderly Irish couple talk about marriage, COVID-19, and faith

Cherish those early chaotic parenting years

Sometimes when we’re in the midst of chaos, we can’t seem to see the forest for the trees. However, this elderly couple helped a slightly harangued mom-of-three realize what a gift her exhausting toddler twins and young infant truly are.

Elderly couple’s 8-word reminder is a must-read for all parents

Stay positive

This 94-year-old proved that age has no limits when it comes to being an internet sensation. Charlie Murphy chose an uplifting popular song, “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling,” to spread a very positive message during the pandemic, and he was a great hit!

This 94-year-old’s beautiful rendition of a classic Irish song will make you smile

Find your passion

When a video was shared of a former prima ballerina with Alzheimer’s responding to music, it was impossible not to shed a tear. Despite her memory fading away, this striking, elegant, and graceful senior returned to her former glory for just a moment in time — reminding us to find something in our lives that speaks to our hearts and minds.

Prima ballerina with Alzheimer’s has emotional response to hearing ‘Swan Lake’

Love is the greatest motivator

There is something very special about the bond between a grandparent and their grandchild. And this viral TV commercial showed exactly what lengths a grandparent will go to for their beloved grandchild. It’s a rewarding relationship to never take for granted and to encourage between the generations.

Watch this beautiful Christmas ad that demonstrates the love of a grandparent

Never let age be a limitation

Time after time our seniors prove just how much can be achieved at any age. Whether it’s returning to studies in your 90s, or embarking on physical challenges as you hit the big 100, each day is a gift and anything is possible.

8 Incredible seniors to inspire us through 2021 and beyond

Be compassionate

One of the many gifts the elderly have shared with us is the importance of looking out for each other. Never have the senior members of our society needed our help more. And more often than not they’ve received it humbly and without complaint. By placing themselves in our hands, they’ve encouraged us to show compassion and reminded us that in caring for the vulnerable we are carrying out God’s work.

10 Ways to help seniors through the coronavirus

Always have faith

The pandemic has been a testing time for none more than the elderly. Many saw their peers pass away and isolated themselves until safer times arrived — and some continue to do so. Yet this couple, who’ve been married for over 60 years, hung on. Separated for 215 days, they were finally reunited in this heartwarming video. While their life was in turmoil they kept going, and that’s perhaps one of the most important messages our elderly citizens can share with us: Have faith!

Watch elderly couple married 60 years reunite after 215 days apart

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