Listen Up: 1,500 Elders Give Advice
Karl Pillemer has spent the last several years systematically interviewing hundreds of older Americans to collect their lessons for living.
Pillemer admits he’s an advice junkie. He’s also a Ph.D. gerontologist at Cornell University.
Some years ago, after turning 50, he wondered whether there is something about getting older that teaches you how to live better. “Could we look at the oldest Americans as experts on how to live our lives?” he asked. “And could we tap that wisdom to help us make the most of our lifetimes?”
His first book, “30 Lessons for Living,” synthesized advice from over 1,000 elders on topics like happiness, work, and health.