Pearls of Wisdom: Lessons Learned from Seniors

“The word pearl has become a metaphor for something very rare,
very fine, very admirable, and very valuable”.


“A man may be born to wealth, but wisdom comes only
with length of days”.  


It has been long acknowledged that when advice or counsel is needed, one turns to the family matriarch or patriarch, an elder statesman, a senior partner or clergy, a full professor.  That’s because we recognize that with age comes wisdom.  The sage advice that these older individuals share with younger generations was largely formulated by their own life experiences and the lessons they learned over the years.  Often it is not “rocket science”, but rather straightforward sayings that are reminiscent of a simpler time when the values of honesty, hard work and respect for others were more broadly extolled.   

These attributes resonate greatly with me, because they are consistent with my core values both personally and professionally.  As a senior move manager, I provide my clients and their families “peace of mind” by managing every detail of the senior’s move to independent, assisted or skilled nursing communities.  Seniors often find this transition to be extremely overwhelming, both emotionally and physically, especially when the relocation requires them to leave the home they shared with their spouse and children for decades.  But despite the anxiety and stress that such a move generates, many of my clients cling to the values they hold most dear.  They often unknowingly, yet graciously, share a priceless gift that only age brings – wisdom.  I have witnessed just how wise, philosophical, practical and honest they are in their approach to life, as well as to the joys and sorrows it brings. 

I have been richly inspired by the many pearls of wisdom my clients have spoken as we worked together in preparation for their transition to a new home and life style. I have compiled a collection of these pearls of wisdom and will regularly update this journal with them.  This blog is dedicated to my very special clients,  from whom I have learned so much, and to the millions of seniors just like them, who have shared their philosophies and life’s lessons with younger generations, thereby enriching their lives, just as mine has been.   I thank my clients for their special gifts and for making this journal possible.

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6 Responses to Pearls of Wisdom: Lessons Learned from Seniors

  1. Joan says:

    What a wonderful tribute to individuals who are so special and have lived through so many changing times.
    Everyone can not only enjoy these pearls but also appreciate the tribute this blog is to an incredible generation.

  2. Nancy M says:

    Thank you for allowing my candid thoughts to inspire this blog.

  3. Lori Kennedy says:

    Marlene, your true, loving spirit comes through in this posting and I look forward to reading your “Pearls” in the future. We all can learn from our older, wiser generations and should listen more often.

  4. Marlene, as a senior and a pychologist who works with seniors, I love your blog – and your webite – not only for the words of wisdom included here, but because you provide validation and comfort for those of us who are entering a new period of awareness that we really do know more than we ever thought ourselves capable of knowing.Our wisdom truly is a function of a life well-lived.

    Your gentle, warm presence provides support and a sense of reassurance that “everything will be alright” – gifts needed when having to move from one safe haven, our home, to the next. How fortunate your clients are to have you for their guide during times that can be emotionally, mentally and even physically draining and difficult.

    I am grateful for you and the work you do in assisting seniors .

    With Blessings of Warmth and Love, Susan Apollon

  5. Beryl Katz says:

    Love this idea Marlene.
    Good luck with this!

  6. Kathi Sherzer says:

    As one chapter closes for people and another one begins, your clients are most fortunate to have you by their side. Much success!

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