How These Adorable Recreated Photos Are Fighting Ageism

By Ben Kassoy

Research shows that spending time with and learning from seniors improves their mental health and reduces ageism. That’s why members rocked the Past Picture Perfect campaign (powered by Mentor Up) and recreated photos of older adults they love.

Read the list below, and be prepared to “Awww!!” through the entire thing.

Yvonne, 18

“You never know what you could learn from listening and connecting with the seniors in your life. As they say in the villages up here in Alaska, ‘If you help your, elders you will become a greater hunter and fisher.’”

Reavis, 18

“This is important to me because my grandmother MiMi shows me how even though you have been through cancer and are still fighting it, you can be beautiful!”

Jolie, 15

“Spending time with your grandparents is just one way to show how much you appreciate them. Looking through countless old photo albums with my grandpa when I was trying to do this campaign was definitely the highlight of my day.”

Megan, 18

“This is a picture of my grandparents when they were around 40. Now at the age of 70, it was nice to reminisce in their ‘puppy love’ days!”

Juan, 18

“This picture is important because it’s of my neighborhood friend with her father who is now a great grandfather and the reason why it’s so important is because they value family over everything else.”

Aletha, 20

“My grandparents are one of the most important people in my life. This picture is a recreation of their wedding day, on the same front steps of my house, 54 years later.”

Melanie, 18

“My grandma means the world to me! It’s so great to see her relive old memories and let her know she’s still just as beautiful exactly 40 years later.”

Eva, 19

“My grandparents are the best. They have been married for almost 50 years and love each other fiercely to this day.”

Alycia, 21

“My grandpa is such an important person in my life. This project brought us closer together by opening up conversations of his past and bringing back happy memories to him.”

Kristen, 19

“There is a type of magic that you can only unlock when you talk to someone about their experience. A few months before my grandpa passed, I took the time to ask about his life when he lived on a farm in Minnesota back in the 30’s. He told me how he didn’t go to school because he worked on the farm and that he even had to travel for miles to go to other neighbor’s farms for help if need be. Remembering the days of old are beautiful for the human experience and are just one way of celebrating our history and culture.”

Shauna, 19

“Spending time with family is one of the most important things we can do to show them our appreciation. I was able to sit with my grandmother father and uncle looking through stacks of photo albums — discovering the generations before me and listening to them share their stories and laughter.”

Caitlin, 17

“My grandparents were very touched when they looked through old pictures from the mid-1900’s.”

Emily, 15

“I had so much fun recreating this photo with my music director, and he even told me a couple of stories about being on the road.”

Jenna, 17

“I just found it interesting that even though my papaw is technologically challenged, he still managed to take a selfie before they were even invented!”

Irina, 17

“Staying as exchange student with my host family, I learned a lot about the very interesting life of my host grandma. She is a totally cool person.”

Samuel, 18

“This particular past picture is my great grandma at age 17 next to a 1929 Ford car. The present picture is my great grandma with a 1929 Ford car.”

Want to improve the lives of older adults? Recreate old photos through Past Picture Perfect or sign up for another Old School Impact campaign.

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Ben Kassoy is the Managing Editor of and the coauthor of eight books. He’s also written for Glamour, Maxim,, Women’s Health Magazine online, and a host of others. Ben tweets here.

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