Give Gifts Top Banner

Home » For Teachers » Curriculum » Curriculum & Resources: The Legacy Project

Curriculum & Resources: The Legacy Project

Document Actions

legacy project banner




The Legacy Project: Lessons for Living from the Wisest Americans was established by Cornell Medical School Professor of Gerontology Karl Pillemer. The project records the wisdom of American elders collected from interviews on a variety of subjects. In text and video, the oldest living generations of Americans share their experiences. 

The website offers the opportunity for viewers to browse interviews by topic, ranging from money to faith and spirituality. You will be touched by the tenderness, humor, and authenticity of these elders.

Read and listen to these stories with your students, and reflect on how the lessons can be incorporated into this generation's values. We've selected a few favorites. 

Hands Young & Old, photo by Emmanuel Avetta

Photo by Emmanuel Avetta.

READ 73 year old Tony promotes the joy of life-long learning.

LAUGH Arnold, 95, recommends, with humor, the importance of listening to the youth.

SUCCEED A priest advises the value of saying "Yes."



To meet the elders and to browse more lessons, visit The Legacy Project website.

YES! Archive



  • Can Elders Save the World?
  • The work of elders may never have been so important as it is today, when the continuation of life on Earth is at stake and wisdom is in short supply.


The above resources accompany the February 2012 YES! Education Connection Newsletter



Generosity-driven student projects :: What's your 3/4-baked idea?

Ednews Sept 2011 screenshot










Email Signup
Comment on this article

How to add a commentCommenting Policy

comments powered by Disqus

You won’t see any commercial ads in YES!, in print or on this website.
That means, we rely on support from our readers.

||   SUBSCRIBE    ||   GIVE A GIFT   ||   DONATE   ||
Independent. Nonprofit. Subscriber-supported.

Issue Footer

Personal tools