Positive Ageing

Postive Ageing

On October 1st, the International Day of Older Persons the Australian Human Rights Commission launched its 'Age Positive Campaign' - and they're inviting you to share your stories.

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What is Age Discrimination

You've probably felt it before; when someone defines your abilities by your age, or assumes you can't contribute because you're too young or that you wouldn't understand because you're too old. That's age discrimination, and it's getting worse.

Age discrimination can happen to us all, but it hits older Australians hardest.

Age discrimination is happening even as Australians are living, working and staying active for longer. It is holding us back at a time when mature Australians are becoming more and more vital for Australian business as employers, employees, producers and consumers. Age discrimination forgets that older Australians are the engine rooms of our communities, volunteering more hours than anyone else in the country, and that their experience, wisdom and generosity provides positive role models for us all.

We are all getting older, so it's time to stop age discrimination before it stops us. Help us to put the positivity back into ageing.

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Older generation more than paying its way

The government will have to do more to stop discrimination against mature-age workers if it wants them to keep working until the age of 70.

It is not unreasonable to suggest eligibility for the old age pension should be 70 years. It is after all more than 100 years since the old age and invalid pensions were introduced at age 65 for men and 60 for women. In that time we have become fitter and healthier and our life expectancy has increased by 35 years.

Working longer is not the problem. The problem is the discrimination, abuse and failure to acknowledge the contribution the ageing population has made and is making to the society that accompanies this announcement.

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Opinion: Stay at work to fully reap rewards of sanity and health

If I had abided by the Gospel, I would have shuffled off this mortal coil by now.

I have reached my allotted three score years and 10. Well, actually, a little bit more. But the only shuffling I feel like doing is on the dance floor.

So I say to the Treasurer, as he contemplates his first Budget, I have happy news for you, Mr Hockey that some of us are most enthusiastic about working at 70 and beyond.

When you're under 50, 70 probably seems quite old. But those of us who are lucky enough to be fit and healthy feel we're in the prime of life with more to give.

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Loneliness twice as unhealthy as obesity for older people

A recent study has shown that the loneliest were nearly twice as likely to die during their six-year study than the least lonely.

Researchers have tracked more than 2000 over 50s in a six year study, which shows that loneliness is a far more severe health problem than previously envisaged. Many of those involved in the research suggest that people needed to feel involved and valued by those near to them, and that company alone is not enough.

Communities and individuals need to take action to ensure that this problem does not escalate, and so people can age positively and well.

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Forget beige - meet the women who are ageing with attitude

Apart from a few "frumpy years" in her 50s, when Angela Neustatter lost confidence in her right to wear leopardskin tights, author Angela Neustatter says she has never let age define her.

Now she wants her latest book to be a call to arms to young as well as older women to fight back against the "invisibility" that is said to descend once they pass the first flush of youth.

The Year I Turn ... is just one of a slew of books and films coming out that suggests Neustatter is among a growing band of women who refuse to go quietly into middle age and beyond.

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Nana cafe embraces the talents of grandmothers

A public convenience might be the last place visitors to an east London street would expect to eat lunch, but thanks to a new cafe run by grandmothers, they are guaranteed to be spending more than a penny.

Nana, a comfort food and craft cafe, now open in Clapton, sits in one half of a renovated public toilet - and it's fast becoming a destination with a difference. Not only can customers expect a menu packed with heart-warming and affordable grub, but the cafe is staffed by volunteer older women who are putting a lifetime of cooking and nurturing skills to use.

"It sounds cheesy, but it's about bringing everyone together," says Nana founder, social entrepreneur Katie Harris. "I never understood why older people are separated in society or abandoned, and the cafe breaks down those barriers."

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