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#1 Old 10th Feb 2012 at 3:24 AM
Default What do you guys do with your elders?
Just curious as to how everyone plays their elders. I usually make mine stay in the same house hold and either their eldest or 'favorite' moves in with them after college so they inherit the house.


I don't usually have any elder sims without families but any divorced and still single moves into one of their children homes and dies tehre

Do you guys do the same or do you have a retirement home they all go to?
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#2 Old 10th Feb 2012 at 3:32 AM
Lately, my game has been so messed up I can't get my Sims to elder stage. But, now that I've reinstalled and diced my CC in half, I'll probably incorporate them, and have the Elders help out the families.
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#3 Old 10th Feb 2012 at 3:33 AM
Aww what happened? Was it a hack or was the whole game just screwed?
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#4 Old 10th Feb 2012 at 3:38 AM
For my apocalypse, it seems they stay home and watch the kids.

For my legacies it's talent badges (usually making useful things) and fulfilling wants.

I completely ignored one of my heir's wants to have 20 whoohoos until she was an elder :o

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#5 Old 10th Feb 2012 at 4:04 AM Last edited by Firelira78 : 10th Feb 2012 at 4:28 AM.
They always stay with their kids and grandkids. As I mostly play patriarchal joint families (and occasionally matriarchal).

It is quite handy.Because they look after the kids and eliminate the need of nannies completely. They have a ton of skills and badges and are always able to stuff the fridge with high-quality meals. The elder sims generally get to teach the toddler skills and do the encouraging. The elder sims are generally permaplat so I don't have to worry about their aspiration meter.

The only annoyance I have is with non playful/non-active elders and their extreemely slow walk. I solved this problem with Olive Specter by making her an evil witch and she just "magitevestums" around. But Herb Oldie still walks soo slow. As it somehow seemed odd to make him a wizard. Thankfully he lives in a small house.

I generally get attached to all the sims I play, whether they're pre-made elders or my sims who've turned elders and don't feel like letting them go. I feel kind of sad during the umbrella drink scene and make sure there are lots of reminders of the departing sim around.
#6 Old 10th Feb 2012 at 4:18 AM
I can't stand playing elders. I always have to cheat so my sims don't get old otherwise I completely lose interest in playing them
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#7 Old 10th Feb 2012 at 4:37 AM
Have them watch grandchildren (like the OP I generally have them stay with one of their children), work on badges and skills. I got a hack from Simlogical, elders sleep until 6 am like everyone else, so that makes them a LOT more tolerable.

If they have a huge garden, then they take care of it. Sometimes I'll get them some pets and they can do the training and run after them and make sure they don't destroy furniture.

Elders can also make friends for promotions for the rest of the family members (though I have a no friends needed hack). And of course, encourage grandchildren in certain traits.

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#8 Old 10th Feb 2012 at 4:44 AM
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Aww what happened? Was it a hack or was the whole game just screwed?
Its my University disc. Its really scratched, and the sound is all muddled and I get errors. I thought it was my CC but I reinstalled, and went in with it completely clean of CC, and I still get the small error. I think I'm going to have to buy a new one.

Back on Topic: Nursing homes are great to put them in if you get fed up with them. But, really they're very useful especially for career oriented 'children' or grandchildren. They can cook, clean, and do all the housey type stuff.
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#9 Old 10th Feb 2012 at 5:05 AM
I have them move in with their oldest kid or the one with the most kids to help out, get elder jobs/retire to get more money for the family, and garden/paint for even more money. Plus I have them clean the house while everyone is out at work or school so I don't have to hire a maid. But if they don't have any grandkids or any kids I just kill them cause I can't stand playing elders
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#10 Old 10th Feb 2012 at 5:26 AM
Awww I dont think i could get ever get tired of my sims once theyre elders Im too attached to them to get bored
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#11 Old 10th Feb 2012 at 6:09 AM
Family elders usually stay with their families to help care for grandchildren, but other elders will often move into the retirement home I have set up in RH in my uberhood. Who ends up moving into the retirement home is based on several factors, mostly involving household space and children age. Mortimer Goth didn't move into the retirement home because he still had Alex to raise (and also because he lives in a mansion.. who gives up a mansion for a retirement home?). The same is true for the Monty family. Carlos Contender opted out of the retirement home gig and instead found himself a young wife (who is undoubtedly in it for the money and property, but hey—such is life). Generally though, if I can't find any particular storyline for an elder and they don't seem the type to continue living with their families, they'll move into the retirement home. I rarely get bored with elders this way.
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#12 Old 10th Feb 2012 at 7:02 AM
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Originally Posted by KaiRuh
Family elders usually stay with their families to help care for grandchildren, but other elders will often move into the retirement home I have set up in RH in my uberhood. Who ends up moving into the retirement home is based on several factors, mostly involving household space and children age. Mortimer Goth didn't move into the retirement home because he still had Alex to raise (and also because he lives in a mansion.. who gives up a mansion for a retirement home?). The same is true for the Monty family. Carlos Contender opted out of the retirement home gig and instead found himself a young wife (who is undoubtedly in it for the money and property, but hey—such is life). Generally though, if I can't find any particular storyline for an elder and they don't seem the type to continue living with their families, they'll move into the retirement home. I rarely get bored with elders this way.


Is the retirement home just a big house you built or is an apartment type lot?
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#13 Old 10th Feb 2012 at 7:23 AM
It's a big house. I converted the Viejo home for it. I hadn't even considered doing it in an apartment, but that could definitely work too.
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#14 Old 10th Feb 2012 at 7:28 AM
I suppose their only worth while function would be to continue working or be live-in maids/butlers to a degree.
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#15 Old 10th Feb 2012 at 7:44 AM
Some of my elders get a garden, others teach their grandchildren walking, talking and training on the potty. They are a great help when the parents got a lot of kids in a short time All of my elders stay in the house they were living from their marriage on. Only if they are the last one on the lot, they move to family for keeping the money in the family .
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#16 Old 10th Feb 2012 at 8:53 AM
If mine aren't in permaplat by the time they age up, they usually continue working and building skills.

Hobbies and gardening is good too! If the house is really neat, a younger family member might move in to take it over. It's not all that often though. Occasionally a single elder will marry "a younger model" who then becomes my main concern in that household. Usually my Sims go permaplat about halfway through adulthood, even earlier if they've been to college, so when they get into their golden years, I just do what I can to keep it fun. Adoption and pets are good too!

The occasional Boolprop push for birthday has also happened, if I couldn't figure out what to do with an elder

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#17 Old 10th Feb 2012 at 11:14 AM
I have my elders living with children/grandchildren/nieces/nephews and whatnot, helping out around the house and helping with babies and toddlers (and sometimes children if the adults are really career or business orientated) -- better and cheaper than a nanny or butler. Fairly often they help with businesses, especially if it's one they made and passed on to a child (as they'd have a decent amount of skills and badges to help keep it running). I use the sleep 'til 6AM and most of my custom adult clothing is elder-enabled so I don't have elders popping out of bed at 4AM and being tired by 6PM, or see the saggy bodies EAixs thinks people get as soon as they hit 50.

Sometimes if they're single (either by being made that way in CAS, by outliving their spouse, or because they're a Romance sim who's never settled down) I let them go out dating and the like, and sometimes they get to marry their new partner (which brings a bit of amusement if they're a same sex couple or a MF couple where the female is elder, because that almost always means a new baby who is a lot younger than their half sibling, and sometimes even younger than their niece/nephew).

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#18 Old 10th Feb 2012 at 11:17 AM
I very rarely let mine become their childrens house slaves. I send them on holidays, set them up in small business, let them hang out in poker bars all night and just have fun with them. The one thing I have to do though is max out their active points using Merolas painting or the turtle tread annoys me too much.
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#19 Old 10th Feb 2012 at 11:17 AM
I move back the oldest male kid (or if they only have females the oldest female) to the parents house, together with his/her spouse after graduation. I always extend the adult life stage with 15 days (that´s what you get from a whole elixir of life barrel) so when the parents oldest kid moves back they are still adults. When they eventually become elders I try to partly play them the same way as I did when they were adults. But for me it really makes everything more interesting if the elders don´t live alone. If they are part of a bigger household there´s always things for everyone to do so it never gets boring. Plus if I loved a sim during its adult years I don´t suddenly stop loving them just because they become elders . Elders are IMO adorable in their own way and it´s a perfect part of their lifes for traveling and to just enjoy life (in combination with looking after grandchildren and such of course ).
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#20 Old 10th Feb 2012 at 11:38 AM
There aren't a lot of playable elders in my main game, but I play the ones that I have just like I would an adult sim. I just have to be keep a watch on their aging bladder bar so there aren't any unfortunate accidents when skilling.

I aged down elderly Olive Specter to an adult when her vacationing boyfriend (now husband) came to stay with her, since I figured that living in such close proximity to Death himself would have strange side-effects on her. I have to say I sort of miss her elder self: now she can home in on her targets at community lots faster, fight longer, and generally tear a strip through the neighborhood with far more vigor than before. The only benefit is that she sleeps through the night now.
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#21 Old 10th Feb 2012 at 11:49 AM
some of my elders just got a job, some of them are "stay-at-home's", which really helpful since their children dont need to hire a nanny for their children, some of them are working since they were adults an so on...
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#22 Old 10th Feb 2012 at 12:45 PM
confession time.........I've never played any sims as elders, I don't know I guess the elderly seem really boring to play.

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#23 Old 10th Feb 2012 at 1:20 PM
I don't always have them retire. Hey, if they don't roll the Retire want (which they virtually never do), I'm sending them out to work. More money for the grandchildren later on.

Especially if they're Fortune Sims. They want to get the Simoleons rolling in.

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#24 Old 10th Feb 2012 at 2:07 PM
I have always had one of their children and spouse move in with them so the elders can ease the burden, taking care of the children and keeping the house clean for the working adults. Plus that keeps the house in the family. But I recently have become one of these elders, and my son and his family have moved back in and I find myself with child care and cleaning duties that I really don't have the energy for anymore. So now I feel sorry for my Sim elders and maybe won't give them so much work to do from now on!
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#25 Old 10th Feb 2012 at 2:10 PM
Normally, not much. But sometimes a storyline doesn't make sense until they are older. After divorcing Daniel, Mary-Sue lived alone for a while to focus on her career. When she became an elder, i had her retire. She then met a random elder townie and eventually married him. Since she no longer had to work she finally had the time to really raise children. They adopted two daughter, and it was one of my favorite families during this period of their lives.

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