Misperception by the young.
When we look at people who are older it is so easy to think we know them when we can’t possibly. These ordinary, even dowdy adults in our world used to be beautiful (or terribly handsome), a star athlete, an adventurer in Asia, a winning trial lawyer, a CEO of a competitive corporation, or the best fisherman in Maine – and then, they aged and changed their life course.
To a young stranger, these older people may not appear worth the effort to befriend. However, getting to know them could be enriching for both generations.