My mother died at 79 from complications arising from MS. In her 79 years (born in 1929) she amassed volumes of knowledge. Things like how to survive an economic down turn (depression in her terminology), how to raise a child, how to get and use education to your benefit, the importance of family, and the list goes on. My daughter had the benefit of 18 years with her grandmother and these years were instrumental in helping her become the woman she is today.
My questions to you is; What are you getting from your elders? What are you giving?