A long time ago, someone told me, “If you need a mentor, find a wing and crawl under it.”

Their advice was to identify the expertise you need, a life you admire, values that match yours, and intentionally seek out people who are ahead of you in those areas. Then ask for their input and advice.

Christine Vanlandingham is chief operating officer of Region IV Area Agency on Aging in Southwest Michigan. Questions on age or independence services? Call the Info-Line for Aging & Disability at 800-654-2810 or visit www.areaagencyonaging.org. The Generations column appears each Saturday in The Herald-Palladium.