10 Things We Learning from Working with Older Adults

Text: Linda Lau & Rae Mansfield

sneakered feet on a faded dock above water
Photo by Elora Allen on Unsplash

1. We’re not very radical at all.

2. We have more in common than we think, even if we think very differently.

3. Wear shoes that fit or don’t wear shoes at all. Flexing your toes helps keep you connected to the earth and you never know when you’ll need to run.

4. Always tell at least one person where you’re going, especially if it’s isolated or a new location.

5. Be on the lookout for unexpected collaborators (and when people share their stories, listen).

6. Having “middle child” mediator skills is useful.

7. No one likes a “know it all” (even if you’re the instructor).

8. During improv, the sweetest friendliest people may turn to sex and violence first.

9. People can change their opinions.

10. The difficult things may be easy and the easy things may be difficult. Reciting Shakespeare may be easier than playing Follow the Leader.