Last month, Adele Dunlap turned 114 to become the oldest American and the ninth oldest person on the planet.
There are only 70 living Americans who are 110 or older…so it’s a super rare treat to meet someone like Adele.
But there are 6,200,000 Americans who are 85 or older.
They are living on your street, standing in line behind you at the supermarket, walking past you when you go out for lunch.
How many of them do you know? How many of them do you have a close relationship with?
Even if you answered “Just one,” that’s amazing!
But if you don’t have a close relationship with a single elderly person, wouldn’t it be way more awesome if you did?
It’s not just about a wise elder to ask questions about parenting and healing and bouncing back from the pains of life.
It’s also KARMA, if you believe in such a thing.
Because when you are older, most Americans, myself included, will look at you and think, “Well you were powerful once upon a time, but now you’re old and irrelevant. Why should I listen to you?”
That attitude has been true in our nation for generations.
You could be the smartest, hippest, hardest working American in your 30’s and 40’s and 50’s, but once you hit your 70’s and 80’s, not many people will care to spend time with you or listen to you.
And you might be cool with that now, but how will you feel in that rocking chair at the old age home when your kids come and visit every other Sunday?
Let’s that change that!
Let’s bring together fascinating elders in your community to hear their stories and wisdom and in return, give them the voice they deserve.
Let them know they matter.
Their life experience is a treasure.
Their guidance on marriage, and overcoming disease, and raising children might just be the missing piece to YOUR puzzle.
That’s the inspiration behind DRINKS WITH YOUR ELDERS.
Below are upcoming events and if you want to start your own event bringing your elders together for an evening of wine, wisdom and conversaiton, I’d love to support you. Let me know.
Or just knock on your elderly neighbor’s door, or talk to the lady with the walker at the supermarket, or visit your grandparent if you are lucky enough to still have one.
Their wisdom might not be served on a silver platter as it is in your yoga studio or on Instagram.
You might have to listen to some kvetching about sore joints and an achey back.
But I’d bet you they have something profound that is exactly what you need to hear.
As Lawrence Kushner writes:
“Everyone carries with them at least one and probably many pieces to someone else’s puzzle.
“Sometimes they know it.
“Sometimes they don’t.
“And when you present your piece, which may be worthless to you, to another, whether you know it or not, whether they know it or not, you are a messenger from the Most High.”
Upcoming Drinks with Your Elders events are:
February 16 in Dallas. Visit here
February 17 in Houston. Visit here