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 forms 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 will be exhibited in Seniors’ Insights between Saturday 31 October and Friday 13 November 2020 at Rockingham Central Library. The community exhibition will, therefore, include 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.
A People’s Choice Award will be available for one community member who nominates an author. Both the nominator and nominee will win a $100 cash prize each.