Older adults can serve as cherished resources for communities, but their value is sometimes missed in Western culture, which prides itself in the ‘new, the young, the next’.

The Wisdom Foundation is a Minneapolis-based non-profit that understands the fallacy of that outlook. We see our elders as teachers and citizens able to share their life stories in compelling ways with others.


That said, it is no secret that older Americans face a multitude of challenges, and for some, this includes isolation. However, recent research by the National Social Life, Health and Aging Project reports that this is easily overcome by quite simply doing the obvious: spending time with others.

Our foundation perpetually seeks new ways older adults can find links to their communities, primarily through relationship-building with young people. We are excited about all of our current projects that you can read about here. One in particular we hope provides enjoyment for multiple audiences for years to come. Through our story-telling initiative, young people are capturing on film the narratives and life lessons of older adults. We feel this strongly speaks to our values, summed up nicely by Ralph Waldo Emerson:

The years teach much which the days never know.

We invite you to volunteer with us!


"By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest."   - Confucius