What is ageism?
Ageism is the stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination against people on the basis of their age. It is widespread and an everyday challenge for many, and has harmful effects on the health of older adults. Ageism is everywhere, yet is the most socially normalised of any prejudice and, sadly, is not widely challenged like racism and sexism.
Seniors’ Insights formed part of the City’s Let’s Take a Stand Against Ageism campaign, which aims to raise awareness of what ageism is and the negative effect it has on older people.
Storytelling is one of the most powerful ways that we can tackle ageism in Australia – EveryAGE Counts.
For Seniors’ Insights, City of Rockingham seniors were invited and encouraged to share insights and positive accounts of what life is like as an older person, and for those who may have experienced ageism, to share the true and harsh reality of the negative impact and experiences that ageism cause.
Submissions received were exhibited at the Rockingham Central Libray between Saturday 31 October and Friday 13 November 2020. The community exhibition included a mixture and balance of accounts about the negative impact of ageism, and positive accounts of life as an older person, as told by older people themselves.
It also included stickers for community members to write short positive messages about an older person they respect, which was included in the display as an interactive component. Also included in the exhibition were a number of artefacts and memorabilia from a bygone era.
Submitted stories can be viewed below.
What are the cherished memories that have shaped you? Five local seniors have drawn incredible reflections together and in doing so have shed light on common connections we each have to places, people and communities.
Cal Swann, Anita Black, Pamela Rudling, Lorraine Smith and Klaus Michler each draw from the wealth of their individual experiences to breathe life into moments of time and celebrate the diversity of human endeavour.
Seniors oral stories - Klaus Michler
Seniors oral stories - Lorraine Smith
Seniors oral stories - Pamela Rudling
Seniors oral stories - Anita Black
Seniors oral stories - Cal Swann
When asked this question, we all reveal very different answers. In a society where, sadly, ageism and stereotyping associated with growing old still exist, we asked a range of community members for their thoughts on this question to get a conversation started around ageing. View the film clip below where participants revealed their answers to the question "What does being old mean to you?".
Changing the way we think about ageing.
We asked the question 'What does being old mean to you?'
We hosted a series of eight memory writing workshops for seniors between October and December 2018. Facilitated by Rockingham Writers Centre, participants learnt new skills and knowledge that equipped them to reminisce and write parts of their life stories and memories.
Rockingham Writers Centre produced a 110-page anthology of participants’ short written pieces. Copies of the beautifully produced book are available at the City’s and State libraries. An electronic version of the book can also available.
Read Memories, An Anthology
**This program will be resuming from Monday 20 July**
Seniors are invited to participate in the Seniors Social and Wellbeing Program held in Baldivis, Secret Harbour and Golden Bay. This program, facilitated by experienced Aqua Jetty trainers, provides an opportunity for seniors to engage in weekly physical and social activities in a friendly group setting at:
Baldivis Recreation Centre, Fifty Road, Baldivis:
- Mondays 10am–11.30am and Wednesdays 9am–10.30am
Coastal Community Centre, Tangadee Road, Golden Bay:
- Mondays and Fridays 9am–10.30am
Secret Harbour Community Centre, Oasis Drive, Secret Harbour:
- Tuesdays 9.30am-11am and Thursdays 9am-10.30am
For more information, please contact the Aqua Jetty on 9591 0888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Refreshments will be available. Help us be more sustainable by bringing your own cup. If you are unwell, we kindly ask that you stay home.
The Aqua Jetty is one of the City's and Western Australia's premier aquatic and health facilities.
The Livewell membership is for people over the age of 50. Find out more information about the Aqua Jetty and the Livewell membership.
Kelly Powell was the lucky winner of $500 for the selfie and description she submitted for the Selfie with a Senior competition. Her entry was a great example of honouring seniors and breaking down the stigma and stereotyping of older people.
"I work for Coastal District Care Centre Emergency Relief. Most of our volunteers are seniors. They have taught me so many valuable lessons about life, friendship, love and acceptance. They buoy up our clients with caring, compassion and laughter and ask for nothing in return. I took this photo of three of our volunteers and myself to show the friendships and love that are created despite age differences and breakdown the stigma and stereotypes of old age. These people aren’t old, they’re the perfect example of vintage… better and valuable as they age."
Thank you to everyone else who also submitted their selfies and descriptions. It was a wonderful reflection on the deep respect and love out there for older people.
Seniors: the heart and memory of the community