There was a story in the media this week that bought me back to the blog. Prof Bobby Duffy published the results of a study called Who Cares About Climate Change. The results are not a surprise for those who aren't ageist and provide invaluable reflection for those who are. Duffy's study of 2000+ people in the UK found that older people care as much about the environment as young folk (check link below for results). This matters for a number of reasons. Firstly, because we need all hands on deck in the fight against climate change. Secondly, because it exposes a harmful myth that permeates some very important debates (climate change, COVID, racism, LGBTIphobia, sexism, home ownership etc) in ways that distract us from creating change. While we are blaming older people (or young) we are taking our eyes off the real causes and solutions. Ageist debate is lazy - and harmful. It's time for change.
Today we launched the second story from our project #WalkWithHer. The project documents the responses to older women (and their family members) who report sexual assault. It aims to show service providers and Government the gaps in the system - we are not yet listening. Read Margarita's story here and go to the project webpage here.
Beautiful photo - beautiful story: Jill, Christine, Irena, Teresa went to lunch and were laughing hysterically. They were approached by a 91 year old man who said how much he enjoyed listening to their laughter and how important it was to have fun. They thanked him and he left. Shortly afterward Jill felt someone playing with her hair. She swung around to find the same man placing a Tiara on her head. He'd left, gone shopping, bought the Tiara and come back to present it to Jill. Jill sent me this pic and story because she wants me to tell everyone how important it is for elders to have fun. Thanks Teresa for the beautiful photo.
So pleased to announce the launch of The Museum of Love - a new Celebrate Ageing project focusing on the importance of love in the lives of people with dementia. The Museum includes The Kiss and The Mirror, photographic exhibitions by Lisa White, The Social Photographer as well as a number of other art and story based projects. The Museum is self-funded.
Thanks to everyone that suggested a blog. The Celebrate Ageing Facebook account has become a great source of communication - but I hadn't factored in how many of you don't use Facebook. The blog will keep you updated on the activities of Celebrate Ageing - we would also welcome any suggestions for blog posts. Thanks Catherine
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.
(c) 2013 celebrateageing.com
(c) 2013 celebrateageing.com