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Thursday Three 2021 09 30

AAG's Weekly Update - 30th September 2021 View this email in your browser

AAG's Thursday Three

~ AAG Conference & The Kindness Pandemic

~ Ageism Awareness Day Online Launch Event - 1 October 2021

~ Online Symposium - Technology to Support Social and Emotional Wellbeing in Later Life – Hosted by AAG Vic Division

AAG Conference & The Kindness Pandemic

The 2021 AAG Conference – Digital is pleased to announce that Dr Catherine Barrett will be delivering the closing keynote on the ‘Kindness Pandemic.

In March 2020, days after Covid-19 hit Australia, Catherine set up the Kindness Pandemic Facebook group. Its aim was to promote acts of intersectional kindness for people doing it tough, particularly due to the pandemic. The Kindness Pandemic now has over 550,000 members and has inspired a global kindness movement with 60+ local groups around the world and coverage in 100+ media articles.

Catherine has over 30 years of experience working with older people as a clinician, educator, researcher and capacity builder. Catherine is the Founder and Director of Celebrate Ageing Ltd, a national program challenging ageism and building respect for older people.

Several of the Kindness Pandemic’s 40+ campaigns have focused on intergenerational kindness or kindness for older people. These curated campaigns have generated significant interest and provide promising glimpses of life in a world without ageism.

Including intergenerational campaigns: #MyGrandmother and Dinosaur SQUAD campaigns.

For more information about the Kindness Pandemic

Click here to register for the 54th AAG Conference – Digital Event

Ageism Awareness Day Launch - 1 October

EveryAGE Counts is launching Australia's first Ageism Awareness Day to coincide with the UN's International Day of Older Persons on 1 October 2021. The idea of the day is to draw attention to the existence and impacts of ageism and to build a social movement to shift negative norms about ageing and older people.

The theme for the day is ‘Ageism - know it, name it’. Years of research and experience have shown us that the term ‘ageism’ is not as well known or understood as other forms of prejudice and discrimination. By recognising it and naming it we are then in a stronger position to act.

EveryAGE Counts is asking people to get involved in this movement by taking part in activities such as hosting or attending a morning tea either in person or online, to start a conversation about ageism and its impacts. In addition to the morning tea, EveryAGE Counts is hosting an Ageism Awareness Day online launch event at 10:00am on 1 October.

Click here to find out more and register for the Ageism Awareness Day launch event.

EveryAGE Counts is a national, coalition-led campaign (AAG is a founding member and on the Coalition Steering Committee) spearheading a social movement with a challenging goal: to shift social norms and positively influence the way all Australians think about ageing and older people. Click here for more information about EveryAge Counts

Technology to Support Wellbeing in Later Life

Understanding how technologies might provide social and emotional enrichment in later life is especially important today. Many older adults and aged care providers are embracing the opportunities that technologies such as virtual reality, online gaming, social networking, and artificial intelligence (among others) can provide. But there are concerns that technology-based social activities are a poor substitute for in-person interactions, and that there are challenges to overcome before new technologies can be used effectively to support social and emotional wellbeing in later life.

This (online) symposium will cover older people’s experiences of digital connection/disconnection; staff perspectives on technology use in aged care; and the design of technologies for enriching the lives of people with dementia. Followed by a panel discussion.

Presenters (left to right)

Dr Barbara Barbosa Neves (School of Social Sciences, Monash University)

Associate Professor Jenny Waycott (School of Computing and Information Systems, The University of Melbourne)

Dr Mandy Salomon (Co-founder and CEO of Mentia)

When: 10.00am - 12.30pm, AEDT Tuesday 5th October 2021

Where: Online

Hosts: AAG Victorian Division

Click here for more information and to register

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