How to be 89: Lenore’s Advice for Aging Well

Lenore, 89, sent her lessons learned in a remarkable letter. She reflects on what makes for a good life, as well as a good old age. Some secrets: Keep learning, keep active, keep laughing.

I am 89 years young at heart. I am living in assisted living. I have six children, four are mine and two are my husband’s children. My two husbands are deceased. I have 11 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren, so far. Your letter reached me recently and I would like to participate in your project.

The following are some of the most important lessons I have learned over my long life.

Keep learning every day that passes. Education is important and you are never too old to learn something new- i.e. computers and the latest technology or a new way to cook something or how to make a quilt. Take classes that are offered by your local library.

Satisfy your curiosity. Read the newspaper each day as well as listen to the television. Make up your own mind on current events. Keep a dictionary by your side to look up new words.

Keep active both mentally and physically every day. Life has so much to offer. Take a walk if you can. Even if you are wheelchair bound do some movement of your arms and legs. Read magazines or books and share your thoughts with others.

Keep your sense of humor. Life is so much fun and a laugh lightens whatever is wrong.

Be responsible for your acts. Don’t lie. It is easier to tell the truth and the truth always comes out the same without thinking about it. Finally, have a strong faith in God no matter what life deals you.

Sincerely yours,


P.S. Someone typed this for me because I type only with my left hand index finger.

4 thoughts on “How to be 89: Lenore’s Advice for Aging Well

  1. Thank you Lenore

    You reaffirmed that I am doing the right things.

    Take care of yourself.

    A reader,

  2. Thank you for sharing your tips Lenore. I have a 73 year old mother who is doing what you suggested: learning, keeping active and paying attention to the happenings around the world.

    I wish you health and happiness.

  3. Love, Love, Love your life lesson, Lenore. Please keep them coming. I’m so thankful that your lefty index finger still types and that a friend entered your beautiful advice on this project’s site. You’re an inspiration to me!

    Be well,

  4. I recently realized that I’m aging; I will be 79 next month, and, as usual, I’m fighting the inevitable; I know I must get older and, eventually, die, but I haven’t come to terms with it; I’ve always been stubborn and bull-headed. Meanwhile, any and all hints on accepting things will be appreciated.

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