Older people like our parents and grandparents lived in different times, which shaped their lifestyle and habits. The younger generation often finds it difficult to understand this.
A user asked the forum, “What is something that old people love that you don’t understand?”
Here are the tops responses.
“I’m a window cleaner and have a lot of elderly customers. Over the years, I’ve found they LOVE to be the first ones to tell me one of the neighbors has died. To the point where if I say, ‘yeah, Thelma already let me know,’ they look genuinely disappointed and annoyed that they weren’t the one to break the news to me.”
SIT IN FRONT OF THE HOUSE AND DO NOTHING
“In my country (Brazil), old people sit in front of their houses and do absolutely nothing for hours, just watching people and cars go by. This is more common for lower social class; for instance, my grandma and her friends gather every day at someone’s door and sit there until the night comes (they are retired).”
ENJOY TRADITIONAL MUSIC
“There is this weird type of traditional Vietnamese music my parents said that only old people like, and they could not stand it either. A decade later, and apparently, they enjoy it. I await my turn in fear.”
WATCHING THE NEWS OBSESSIVELY
“My wife’s grandmother was in long-term memory care for several years before her death. Towards the end, she didn’t know what day it was, or if it was morning or evening, but she watched CNN 24 hours a day and would lose it if somebody changed the channel because she wanted to know what was happening.”
TELLING ANYONE ABOUT THEIR AILMENTS
“Telling anyone who will listen about their various ailments. Look, I’m 57, so I’m ancient. But I vowed early on that I would not become one of these over-sharing old people.”
SITTING FOR HOURS BEHIND THE SLOT MACHINES
“All the casino ads make it look like you’ll be gambling in Monaco with a bouncy, joyful group of young people – then you go in, and it’s endless rows of blank-faced olds jamming on those buttons.”
USING OINTMENT LIKE COLOGNE FOR ACHES AND PAINS
“Asian kid growing up with grandparents using Eagle Brand green ointment like it’s cologne. I never understood it. Now that I’m older, every muscle hurts after hitting 30!! And I’m using the ointment like it’s holy water!”
COMPLAINING ON THE NEXTDOOR APP
“That and “What are those loud explosions?!”Well, Barbara, it’s the 4th of July.
Or “So why was the ambulance at the convenience store?” They were probably tending to something that isn’t your business, Frederick.
I love Nextdoor, lol.”
ADDING YOUR NAME TO COMMENTS ON FACEBOOK
“Facebook – adding your own name to a comment like “great photos, love Mum and John.” I know it’s you, Maureen. It shows me you when you comment.”
LOVING FINE CHINA AND SILVERWARE
“Fine China and silverware. It’s pretty in the way anything made in bulk can be; it’s expensive, has very little resale value, fragile, and virtually useless unless you’re trying to impress another old person.”
WATCHING SOAP OPERAS
“My mom, who is in her 70s and retired, explained this to me: she enjoys her daytime soaps because so little happens that she can have them on while she cleans around the house and doesn’t feel like she misses anything. Some she’s been watching so long that she says they’ve recycled the same plot half a dozen times over the past 20 years.”
SITTING ON A RECLINER
“Oh my god, just sitting down in my recliner is glorious. Younger people may think I’m nuts, but I have so much stuff going on, it’s nice just to sit down and relax.”
OBSESSION WITH WEATHER
“Obsessed with the weather. My partner’s grandmother’s house sat for us while we were away for a trip and recorded the weather details for us of every day we were gone.”
TALK ABOUT ALTERNATE ROUTES
“Everyone who learned to drive before GPS still loves having in-depth conversations about alternative routes, even if they now use their phone’s maps and can see all the different options and how long each would take.”
REFUSING TO LEARN NEW THINGS
“My mom still can’t use a smartphone or a computer and keeps getting scammed. She says it’s cause she isn’t a nerd and didn’t grow up with them. I told her the personal computer had been around for about forty years. Doesn’t matter.”
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