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New Emojis Let Seniors Express Their Fabulous Silver Selves!

By Sixty and Me February 14, 2018 News

For most kids, letting their parents take a look at their phone messages is about as appealing as going to the dentist. Of course, if you have seen a teenager’s phone recently, you know that they have no reason to worry. They don’t even talk in words!

I’m not kidding. The other week, my granddaughter showed me her phone and her messages looked like they had been pulled from an Egyptian tomb… except that all of the hieroglyphs had been replaced by smiley faces, cute animals and other emojis.

Seniors Are Also Using Emojis in Record Numbers

Of course, all joking aside, it’s not just kids that use emojis. As I scan through the comments on our Sixty and Me Facebook page, I see more and more older adults using emojis to express in one picture what they cannot communicate in words.

Well, if you like using emojis, I have good news. The Unicode Consortium – a group that helps to standardize text and symbols – has just approved 12 grey haired emojis. So, now, we have one more tool in our toolbox for discussing issues that impact older adults.

The sharp-eyed among you may have noticed that, prior to the release of these new emojis, there were two grey haired emojis. However, these new emojis are more flattering and represent a number of different skin tones.

What Other Emojis Were Released This Year?

The new grey-haired emojis are a part of a set of 150 new emojis that were approved for release in 2018. Other emojis released this year include additional food items (lobster, mango and leafy-greens), household items (broom, toilet paper and soap) and several new animals (llama, swan and kangaroo).

Just for fun, let’s take a look at a few of the 150 new emojis that will release this year.


I hope that we start to see these emojis appearing in our favorite devices and social networks soon. In the meantime, I think it’s time for me to go to the store. After all…


(Grandma Loves to Shop)

Have a wonderful day everyone and enjoy these new emojis!

Do you use emojis when you communicate on Facebook or your phone? What do you think of the new grey haired emojis that are being released in 2018? What other emojis would you like to see next year? Let’s have a chat!

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Sixty and Me is a community of over 500,000 women over 60 founded by Margaret Manning. Our editorial team publishes articles on lifestyle topics including fashion, dating, retirement and money.

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