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Thursday Three 2021 10 28

AAG's Weekly Update - 28th October 2021 View this email in your browser

AAG's Thursday Three

~ RN Broadcast at the Conference – Growing Old: Sometimes it’s complicated

~ “Art, Ageing & Innovation” at the AAG Conference

~ POST EVENT Ageism Awareness Day Online Launch Event - 1 October 2021

'Growing Old: Sometimes it’s complicated'

This is the fifth year of AAG’s partnership with the RN Big Ideas program, which is an integral part of the AAG Conference. AAG and Paul Barclay, producer and host of RN Big Ideas, have together developed the panel discussion theme, ‘Growing old: Sometimes it’s complicated’.

There are highs and lows that come at every age and stage of life but our later decades tend to get an unfairly bad rap. All our lives we’ve been taught to fear and reject our later years. We have been successfully sold the belief that youth is beauty, strength, opportunity and future while ‘old age’ equals ugly, slow, frail and dependent. This largely accepted ‘norm’ about ageing actually affects our ability to age well – it impacts our job prospects, our health, our confidence and our quality of life.

Paul will lead the discussion with our esteemed panellists:

~ Ian Hamm (Chair of the Stolen Generations Reference Group)

~ Prof Cassandra Szoeke (Secret of Women’s Healthy Ageing)

~ Alan Hopgood AM (Playwright and Screen writer) , and

~ Dr Barbara Barbosa Neves (Monash University), addressing issues like:

What does it mean to ‘age well’ when we are such diverse humans; and how do we do it? What needs to happen? What do we know and how can we apply that knowledge to our policies, systems and daily norms to make the experience of growing old as powerful and rewarding as every other phase of life?

The ABC Radio National Big Ideas segment with Paul Barclay will be broadcast at the 54th AAG Conference – Digital on 11th November 2021, 3 to 4pm.

Click here for the 2021 AAG Conference - Digital

Art, Ageing & Innovation Conference Exhibition

Although we couldn’t meet on the Gold Coast this year, something we are truly excited about in this move to digital is utilising the technology to showcase art, movies and pictures in our new featured online space. With the AAG Conference theme of ‘Innovation in ageing for the future’, our virtual exhibition space has been curated with accepted artwork that enriches, challenges, inspires and provokes reflection on ageing - inviting us to pause and look at the familiar in a new way.

We invite you to visit the online exhbition at the Conference to view the paintings, mixed media, film, performance, poems etc - for this interdisciplinary exhibition, tentatively titled: ‘Art, Ageing & Innovation’, and provide your reflections.

POST EVENT - Ageism Awareness Day

On October 1 EveryAGE Counts launched Australia's first Ageism Awareness Day to coincide with the UN's International Day of Older Persons. The day commenced at 10:00am with the Ageism Awareness Day online launch event, which had 438 people in attendance including from Australia, Canada and China.

Monica Trapaga, EveryAGE Counts Ambassador, delighted the guests with a special live performance, followed by Marlene Krasovitsky, Campaign Director, facilitating a lively discussion with panellists’ Dr Hon Kay Patterson, Robert Tickner and Monica. The event received widespread engagement and support that it should be held annually to draw attention to the existence and impacts of ageism. If you’d like to watch the event, you can find it here

EveryAGE Counts also started a movement by asking people to take part in activities such as hosting or attending a morning tea in person or online. Conversations and experiences of ageism were being shared across the country. They had 160 people register to host a morning tea and it was well received and enjoyed by everyone.

EveryAGE Counts announced the launch of their upcoming Advocates Training Program, which has been developed to give people the skills and knowledge to lead the community in changing the way Australians speak and think about ageing and older people. You can sign up for more information about the Advocates Training program here.

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


EveryAGE Counts has marked the IDOP theme with a series of four blogs (really, they are short essays) exploring ageism and digital exclusion. Visit

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

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'Thursday Three' is AAG’s Weekly Update for members and friends of AAG. It aims to provide you with an engaging weekly snapshot of news and activities from AAG and beyond through three short 'bites'. If you missed previous editions, click here for the summaries and links .

AAG's purpose is to improve the experience of ageing through connecting research, policy and practice. Why not join in? For more information, email Michael Tan at AAG.

Australian Association of Gerontology acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, to Elders past and present, and to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples including members of the Stolen Generations. For further information see AAG’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ageing Advisory Group (ATSIAAG)

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