People Share Pics Of The Times They Spotted Old People Being Wholesome And It’s Awesome

Aging is inevitable. And with it, comes a series of struggles that will put your strength, determination, and even faith in humanity to the test. Indeed, as we grow older, the more we realize that life isn’t always rainbows and butterflies. But as the famous saying goes, “Don’t let life harden your heart.” So, it’s truly admirable to see old people who manage to maintain their hearts of gold despite all the difficulties that life has thrown at them.

The subreddit r/AdorableOldPeople celebrates elderlies who are unknowingly making the world a better place by just being their wholesome selves. From sending everyday selfies to their grandkids to greeting them through security cameras and more, people are sharing how their elderly loved ones express love in their unique ways. Keep scrolling down to see some of the most heartwarming posts from the forum!


A Rescue to Remember

old people being wholesome conversation with fireman


“Since you all love my Uncle David so much, here he is with his husband, my other Uncle David, who makes an amazing butterscotch raspberry pudding.”

old people being wholesome gay male couple


“This is so cute. A selfie stick review.”

old people being wholesome selfie stick review


“Cosplay just isn’t for the young…”

old people being wholesome woman in looney tunes granny costume


“Grandfather with vitiligo crochets dolls to make children with this condition feel better.”

old people being wholesome grandfather with vitiligo crocheting dolls with the same condition


“So cute”

old people being wholesome woman crocheted toy dog for neighbor


“Obama told this 90-year old veteran he didn’t have to stand. He said, ‘No Sir, you’re the President.'”

old people being wholesome handicapped veteran shaking obama's hand


“My professor is 74 and he isn’t confident using Zoom, so he’s prerecorded the rest of our classes. Today, I watched the first one. He has a Pinocchio doll in the front row because he isn’t comfortable teaching to an empty room. I’m social distancing for this man and this man only.”

old people being wholesome professor conducting online class with pinocchio doll


The subreddit r/AdorableOldPeople features heartwarming photos of old people being their wholesome selves

Although the page certainly means well, we have to point out a slight flaw in its name. Apparently, “adorable” might not be the best word to describe the elderly. According to philosophy teacher Randall Horton, doing so is tantamount to infantilizing elderly people. The same goes for using the adjectives “precious,” “charming,” or “sweet” to refer to them.


“My parents sent me this from their retirement community today”

old people being wholesome women in retirement community driving golf cart


Maureen the Legend

old people being wholesome woman offering to volunteer at care home



“This is my 96-year-old Grandma, Willie. She survived the Great Depression, being hit by a fire truck and being in a coma, and losing her husband at a young age. Now she drinks liquor and smokes cigars, still lives alone, and hits on younger men. I love her with everything I’ve got.”

old people being wholesome grandmother smoking cigar and drinking wine


“I lost my Dad at Walmart and ended up finding him in the garden section watering plants”

old people being wholesome man watering plants in walmart's garden section


“Met this sweet man at Outback. He saw us at prom and showed us a picture of him and wife at prom in 1949”

old people being wholesome man showing picture with wife at prom


“This couple re-creating their marriage photo 70 years later”

old people being wholesome couple recreating wedding photo 70 years later


“Elderly YouTuber writes his subscribers down in a notebook, then thanks them individually”

old people being wholesome elderly youtuber thanking subscribers individually


“My grandpa’s 88th birthday was a few weeks ago. My sister got him a coloring book and crayons. He says he’s never colored before, but he seems to enjoy it. He shows all his visitors the pages he’s finished. He’s colorblind, so some of the puppies are pink, but he’s so happy. He melts my heart.”

old people being wholesome grandfather working on coloring book page


Although the forum’s intentions are good, experts advise against referring to old people as “adorable”

Some people refer to this tendency as “elderspeak,” or treating seniors more like children rather than fully capable adults. This commonly manifests in the way we communicate with them by slowing down our speech rate and speaking more loudly. Unfortunately, assuming that adults experience “second childhood” upon reaching a certain age can lead to more serious problems over time.


“93-year-old grandma and her grandson recreating UP”

old people being wholesome grandmother and grandson with dog recreating disney up


“My neighbor almost had my mom worried for his safety”

old people being wholesome neighbor showing off toy bike


“Milly Girl. I love ya.”

old people being wholesome woman with bad left eye writing in all caps


“She picked a good name anyways”

old people being wholesome woman naming her starbucks drink
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“I live abroad. My grandparents called me to urgently check the security web cams of my house back home. Turns out they called so I could see them standing with a heart and waving at me.”

old people being wholesome grandparents waving at security camera


“Grandpa brings dog to furniture store to make sure she likes chair too”

old people being wholesome grandfather bringing dog to furniture store


A 76-year-old retired Air Force colonel is no match for his 4-year-old granddaughter

old people being wholesome retired air force colonel playing with granddaughter


“Dad went out in the snow to feed the birds, and made a new friend! It’s official, he’s a Disney Princess now.”

old people being wholesome man feeding bird in snow

For starters, experts have found that elderlies who experience elderspeak may gradually develop lower self-esteem. Likewise, this reduces their ability to perform tasks and decreases their level of cooperation with their caregivers. But that’s not all. Even health care providers fall into the trap of this misconception, thinking that elderly patients become less sexually active and thus leading them to ignore their sexual health. In turn, this makes older adults a particularly vulnerable population when it comes to sexually transmitted infections.


“An old man taking pictures of his wife without her realizing”

old people being wholesome man taking photo of wife


Apparently, using words like “precious,” “charming,” or “sweet” is not the most appropriate to describe our elderlies


“My mom is almost in her 60’s and started her weight loss journey around this time last year! 85 pounds down!! It’s never too late to change your life!

woman in 60s weigh loss journey


“When you can’t march in protest, you scoot in protest.”

old people being wholesome man protesting in scooter


“My 97-year-old grandma doesn’t use computers, but I found a meme years ago that I thought she’d like so I sent it in the mail. Turns out she’s kept it at her bedside ever since.”

old people being wholesome grandmother keeping meme sent by grandchild


“My Grandpa Mac, 92 years old, just got new security cameras around his house. He has my cousin, Aaron, and I on the online login (he’s not too computer savvy) so we can see what’s going on. He sends us random messages through the cameras…”

old people being wholesome grandfather sending random messages through security camera


“My dad thought he was taking a picture of my kids and accidentally had it on front facing. It fills me with joy that this is what his face looks like when he’s watching my kids. He’s a great dad”

old people being wholesome man accidentally taking photo of himself instead of grandchildren


“Doris absolutely destroyed me in Words With Friends”

elderly woman asking to play word game with grocery delivery guy


“‘Pink Hat Guy’ Jim Anixter has owned Cubs tickets since 1967, says he wears hat so wife of 46 years knows he’s at the game & not cheating”

elderly man wearing pink hat to prove loyalty towards wife


Because doing so is tantamount to “infantilizing” them or treating them more like children than like fully functioning individuals

So, Horton calls on the younger generations to stop infantilizing older adults. Because even at their age, they’re still capable of doing the things that they used to do. Sure, some abilities may diminish over time. But this doesn’t mean that they instantly forget everything they’ve learned in their lifetime.


“I realize we all suffer some cognitive decline as we age and some are affected by diseases that accelerate or accentuate that decline, but young people also suffer brain injury, disease, and other limitations on cognitive ability. Age is not a sufficient reason to believe someone is stupid.”


“They dated in their teens, married different people, and got back together 65 years later. My grandma and her boyfriend.”

elderly couple getting back together after 65 years


“Grandpa humor is my all-time favorite.”

grandfather humor delivering a baby


“My grandad being all giggly when he was chatting about his childhood and all the mischief he got up to behind his mother’s back!!!”

giggly grandfater chatting about his childhood


“Happy Pride Month, everyone!”

grandmother knitted rainbow sweater for bisexual grandchild


“My mom died of covid June 8th. I found this her writing on the back page of this blank book I gave her years ago.”

mother's reply to daughter's letter on blank book


“My mom got to visit Snow White – her favorite princess since she was a little girl. My mom retired Friday and this was her first trip to Disney ever.”

elderly woman meeting snow white in disneyland


“Did a Christmas scavenger hunt. This is what my grandpa sent for 3 wise men.”

grandfather version of three wisemen


“I love my Grandpa so much.”

funny text conversation between grandfather and grandchild


So, in this post, we’ll celebrate them for simply being good people. After all, having a kind soul is worth honoring, regardless of age

Referring to older adults as “adorable” certainly doesn’t equate to calling them “stupid” Even so, it may not be the most appropriate way to describe them. So, in this post, we’ll see them as kind-hearted people who are making the world a better place, and celebrate them for that.


“Sent a picture of a Final Fantasy 7 character to my mum thinking she looked like her, she recreated the look and pretty much nailed it”

mother dressed as final fantasy 7 character


“My Nana is bored so she’s keeping me fresh during the quarantine”

grandmother crocheted jordan 1 sneakers for grandchild


“I told my grandma she looked cute today and she said she wanted to match her favorite chair lol”

grandmother wearing matching color with her chair


“My 92-year-old grandpa holding my parrot for the first time. He insisted that I take a photo of him so he could print it out to show his friends.

grandfather holding a parrot


“My grandma sends me these every day. She is the purest thing on the earth and we have to protect her at all costs.”

grandmother sending selfies to granddaughter every day


“This is my 85-year-old physics teacher, him and his wife just had a lightsaber fight”

physics teacher having light saber fight with wife


“My grandpa has Alzheimer’s and can’t always remember his grandkids’ names, so we custom-made a shirt that has all our names and it’s his new favorite shirt.”

shirt with grandchildren's names for grandfather with alzheimer's disease


“This is a selfie my dad sent me”

selfie sent by father to child


Bob the Wise

elderly man's advice for younger generation


My grandma’s 94 last week. She has dementia and is bedridden but she still has her good spirits. She loves this teddy bear my cousin gave her. So if me and my mom are feeding her and she starts to fiddle, she holds onto it. Love her so much.

grandmother hugging teddy bear