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5 Reasons Why Elderly Flash Mobs Rock

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In honor of the upcoming anniversary of the first “official” flash mob—which is said to have taken place in a Macy’s department store in Manhattan on June 3, 2003—we’d like to take a moment to discuss what makes these falsely impromptu performances so special.

A flash mob, at its core, consists of a group of individuals gathering together in a public place to participate in some kind of coordinated performance. Meant to look like an accidental example of synergistic humanity, the flash mob phenomenon has evolved over the past decade to encompass a wide range of populations and purposes.

There have been flash mob pillow fights, flash mob dance-offs, even a flash mob that involved 100 “Where’s Waldo?” look-alikes.

And, unlike other fads—for example, the Harlem Shake—the flash mob hasn’t completely faded away. In fact, it has retained much of its magical cache, despite being nearly a decade old.

To celebrate the longevity of the flash mob movement, here are a few examples of elder-focused flash mobs that prove that certain things really do get better with age.

5 Reasons Why Elderly Flash Mobs Rock:

They draw attention to important issues: In the video above, a group of aging adults organized by Ethos, a Boston-based non-profit that helps elders age in place in their own homes, dances to raise awareness for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

Continue reading to witness the “World’s Oldest Flash Mob” in action…

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9:38PM PDT on Jun 9, 2013


12:39PM PDT on Jun 8, 2013

Elder abuse is a serious issue that doesn't get the attention that it should. Thanks to Roche Bros supermarket for allowing this flash mob! Just because we're "mature" doesn't mean that we are no longer advocates! And we still like to have fun, too!

7:54PM PDT on Jun 5, 2013

Thanks 4 posting this, flash mobs are generally cool but senior flash mobs are the coolest...

7:37PM PDT on Jun 5, 2013

All flash mobs rock.

1:13PM PDT on Jun 5, 2013

Thank You for giving us this wonderful video and arcticle. I have been smiling ever since watching it. This what I call a feel good moment and shows that the elderly should not be locked away and forgotten.

6:09PM PDT on Jun 3, 2013


8:48AM PDT on Jun 3, 2013

Age doesn't matter

7:23AM PDT on Jun 3, 2013

Never heard of this "flash mob" before but what a great idea.

4:25AM PDT on Jun 2, 2013

How cool was that!! Good on em!

7:29PM PDT on Jun 1, 2013


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