I believe that older people are one of the most interesting and wonderful cohorts of people on the planet - but somewhere along the way we've lost sight of this. We need to turn this around, not just because older people deserve better - but also because doing so would make the world a better place for all of us. I believe such a significant cultural shift requires a broad range of strategies. Strategies are needed to encourage every Australian roll up their sleeves, embrace their own ageing and rethink their interactions with older people - this is what Celebrate Ageing sets out to do.
Celebrate Ageing - in a nut shell
Celebrate Ageing is a National Program challenging ageism and building respect for older people. This self-funded Program was established in 2016 by Dr Catherine Barrett, a facilitator, capacity builder, researcher and artist with over 30 years experience working with older people. In 2013 Catherine attended the National Elder Abuse Conference and decided to take action to address ageism. Catherine works with a team of older people and uses art and story based approaches to create social change - to challenge ageism, prevent elder abuse and build respect for older people. The Celebrate Ageing program includes:
- The Tea Cosy Project: art & narratives challenging ageism including: Love Cosies; Insulator Cosies; Place365; SprayCan
- Bigger Hearts: building a Dementia friendly Ballarat
- The Museum of Love: art exploring the importance of love in the lives of people with dementia including: Small Acts of Love; Lovefest; The Kiss; Mirror; Dance; Letters of Love & Dementia; 100 stories; Tea Making
- The OPAL Institute: addressing the sexual rights of older people
- Alice's Garage: empowering older LGBTI people & promoting healthy LGBTI ageing.
What's new: StoryFest Ballarat
Please join us this coming Saturday at the Ballarat library for StoryFest - documenting 100 stories from people with dementia in Ballarat. You can find more information on the 100 stories webpage here.
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If you would like to contact us, please go to the contact page here or contact:
Dr Catherine Barrett
Director of Celebrate Ageing
Phone: 0429 582 237
Make a donation
The Celebrate Ageing Program is self-funded. We generate income from educational activities to fund projects that would not otherwise be funded. If you make a donation you are welcome to let us know which of our projects you would like the funds to contribute to.