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Common regrets of the elderly
January 30, 2001
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I'm a Nursing student and I'm writing a term paper on regrets of the elderly. If anyone is reading this who is elderly(60yrs.+),please write to me about yourself, and some of your regrets in life. Feel free to give as much information/detail as possible! This will be a big help and I find it very interesting to read about your amazing lives and what changes you've seen in life so far! Thank you!!
-- Sabrina

February 9, 2001
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No I'm not 60. But I think u desearve a response.
My personal experience I will share. I've worked in an elderly home and none of the old ladies seemed to have any regrets. Sometimes I thought this was a time specific thing. For example in there time there were less opportunities, thereful there goals were more simplistic than todays. But, I never really knew those dear ladies. I learnt alot from them, they always spoke so foundly of their late husbands, I would wonder if that was because they had forgotten all the ----. (Sorry).
I think u would find a difference within gender. When the elderly gentlemen would talk about there past, there aspirations that were never fulfilled seemed to plauge them. For example unfinished business that haunts them in there memoir days.
Just a little note, I don't think 60 is elderly more like 80+.

February 9, 2001
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Not 60 either but regret not being braver.

February 11, 2001
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I think I'll regret not having kids

February 12, 2001
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My grandma sincerely regretted that her parents wouldn't let her learn a profession. And she was kind of envious of the modern times whith good schools and universities open to everybody and women's lib and all. She also regretted that she was very poor when she was young.

February 12, 2001
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Thank you very much for your responses!! I hope that there are many more to come!! -- Cheeto

February 13, 2001
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My mother has many regrets - the biggest being that she was born ahead of her time. She wanted to be a "modern" woman before there was such a thing. She dreamed of going to college and becoming a lawyer, but her father believed education was wasted on women. She married at 16, then lost her father a few years later and became her mother's sole support. She passed her dream of college on to my sister and me and made us understand the importance of not being financially dependent on any one but ourselves (so as not to get caught in an unhappy marriage). My sister and I tried to get her to go take some classes after she retired, but she believes she's too old now to learn. She sees her life as wasted because she considers herself uneducated.

February 13, 2001
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My Dad is 71, he regrets that he started smoking when he was 13 years old. When I was still smoking cigarettes he always told me that.

I think he also regrets time lost with feuding family members. Whenever I argue with my Mom he always reminds us that life is so short there's no time for petty disagreements.

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