01- Don’t get involved in your children’s lives too much unless they invite you.

02- Do not interfere with the education of grandchildren unless your children ask of your opinion.

03- Love or at least tolerate your son-in-law and daughter-in-law, it was your son or daughter’s choice.

04- Never take sides or give your opinion on their marriage unless issues are brought before you and be fair to both sides.

05- Don’t make yourself an elderly complainer.

06- Don’t be an elderly person feeling sorry for yourself.

07- Don’t complain or insult anyone around you. Exhaust all avenues to correct wrongdoing in your home.

08- Have plans for the future. But don’t stress yourself too much, sleep well. Drink a lot of water during the day.

09- Don’t talk about illnesses. By complaining always. Rest assured, nobody wants to know. But you will be fine at all cost.

10- No matter how much you earn, save a portion every month.

11- Don’t procrastinate, the elderly don’t deserve this. Attend to important family issues promptly and urgently.

12- Have a health plan or save money for medical expenses.

13- Save money for urgent needs it’s not worth bothering others with borrowing money.

14- Don’t leave “problems” for your children. Like lands litigation or lawsuits or debts.

15- Don’t stay too connected to the news of politics, after all, you won’t solve anything anyway.

16- Watch TV for fun or education not to be stressed. Listen to gospel music and songs to uplift your spirit.

17- If you like, have a pet to keep you occupied.

18- When you get up: walk, cook, sew, garden, but don’t stand still and wait for death.

19- ​​Be as clean and smelling good old man/woman. Put on nice clothes if you’re appearing in church/mosque or in public.

20- Have joy for being old, be proud of yourself and who you are.

21- Have a house where everyone wants to go and not stay away. That just depends on you. Be a welcoming person always.

22- Use age and good memories as a bridge to the future and never a ladder to the past.

23- Remember: it’s better to leave good memories than regrets.

24- Have fun. Smile and make others smile. A smile makes anyone’s day better.

25- Don’t leave what pleases you for tomorrow, it might be too late! Let your yes be yes always, be trustworthy always.




By osibanews

Eliel Otote A is an Actor and Filmmaker, with a bias for journalism. He was a freelance feature writer with the Nigerian Observer in the 80's in Benin City, he also presented programmes on both radio and television. Eliel is the Editor and Publisher of OSIBAnews Network Magazine, of which this blog is an affiliate.

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