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I used to be really bad at talking to people older than me too, but at some stage (probably getting older myself) I realised that they are people too, and as old and boring as they seem now they too were young and exciting once. You just have to find out a bit more about who they really are, under the boring old fart exterior.
Some people really are just boring old facts, of course. There's one bloke at work I couldn't hold a conversation with if you paid me that wasn't just about the weather. But I think it's worthwhile developing small talk skills just to make your day less awkward in that regard. You just have to reply with questions- Don't just say yeah, oh, cool, yeah. Keep them talking for a bit, and then they feel like they've been listened to and tend to go away of natural causes.