Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds pays tribute to Grace

High praise for final ABC episode as it remembers one of its own cast members.

The final episode of Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds concluded with a dedication to Grace, who passed away in May at the age of 89.

ABC said on Twitter, “It was a privilege having Grace on #OldPeoplesHomeAU. She threw herself into this social experiment with her infectious enthusiasm, which had an impact on everyone she met. We were all deeply saddened when Grace passed away and hope this series honours her remarkable spirit.”

Grace leaves behind one son and four grandchildren, but no doubt many new friends from the ABC production.

According to the press kit:

Grace was full of life and loved to have a laugh, although she considered herself to be quite bossy. Grace lived at Anzac Village for four years and loved to be social. She was the president of her golf club for nine years and was excited to play miniature golf with the children on the greens. She had lots of friends in the village and loved to go on walks and play bingo. 

The Endemol Shine production concluded with positive results after filming, with 10 of its 11 elderly participants no longer considered at risk of depression. There were also significant physical improvements amongst the participants, leading for calls for social change amongst retirement homes across the country.

On social media the show drew high praise.


9 Responses

  1. I just wanted to go and give them all a big hug.
    I hope when I get to that age this kind of thing is more common. I loved every minute of watching the two generations come together.

    Rest easy dear Grace ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  2. Oh I cried. Beautiful Grace who thought the children wouldn’t like her because she was ugly. Oh Grace you were anything but ugly. The saddest common theme with the old people was loneliness and how they never get to see their grandchildren. Time for families to wake up to themselves. You will be old one day and know how it feels sadly.

    1. Perfectly said ! Lovely, funny Grace was more beautiful and cared for than she could ever imagine.
      So sad to hear she’s no longer with us.
      This has been such a wonderful show, with some truly memorable characters, both young and old.
      Especially loved Eric, Shirley, ( yes definitely a resemblance to Catherine Tate’s Nan at times), John and the two older gentlemen in their 90s. So lovely to see many of the residents , especially the men, who seemed to have given up on life, come out of their shells and become so much more animated and engaged.

  3. Loved this show and sad to see it end. It was good to see that the children and elderly have kept in touch. The best “reality” show on TV for a long time, with The Recording Studio a close second. Hopefully we get another series of each next year.
    As the twitterer said in the article, “I’m not crying, you’re crying”…

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