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The Importance of Cultivating Relationships

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The Importance of Cultivating Relationships with Isabel Tom, Author of The Value of Wrinkles: A Young Perspective on How Loving the Old will Change Your Life

How will we know what's possible as we age if we do not have a relationship with older adults? When we truly listen- we become more compassionate and realize the rich blessings of those relationships.

My guest this week is Isabel Tom, author of The Value of Wrinkles: A Young Perspective on How Loving the Old will Change Your Life. Isabel has been a featured guest sharing her story of what it is like growing up in a multi-generational home while caring for her grandparents who lived to the age of 98 and 102. Professionally, Isabel has worked in the senior living and hospice care field for many years.

Contentment, gratitude, and reflection. All words that come to mind when thinking of this conversation and book. I enjoyed my time with Isabel so much. Thank you, Isabel, for sharing your story, heart, and encouragement with us!

Isabel shares about:

  • Her story and what she found in herself and others in this journey

  • The lessons of resiliency and what Isabel has learned from her grandparents

  • The importance of cultivating relationships with older adults, the many ways to connect and have good conversation

  • How our own fear of aging impacts us

  • What did you find in yourself because of this journey?

  • Why it's time to address our views around aging and letting go of our assumptions

  • The need for community and finding contentment

  • Exploring the Dignity of Risk

  • The rich blessings that come from our relationships with older adults

About Isabel Tom & The Value of Wrinkles

Isabel Tom is a mom, wife, daughter, and retired granddaughter. She is also the author of The Value of Wrinkles: A Young Perspective on How Loving the Old will Change Your Life. She has been featured on ABC 7’s Good Morning Washington, and numerous radio shows and podcasts such as Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman and AARP’s Take on Today.

Isabel grew up in a multigenerational household and took part in caring for her grandparents, who lived to 98 and 102. Professionally, she has served in the senior living and hospice care field. Isabel holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Maryland.

To learn more about Isabel’s work find her at

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