According to my Mum, who is a spritely 78, and empowered by the late Betty Friedan’s Fountain of Age, “older ain’t dead”.
And this was the emphatic message from the Canberrans who attended my recent Positive Ageing Forum with the Shadow Minister for Ageing and Mental Health, Julie Collins, in Tuggeranong.
On a cold and blustery Winter's day, more than 80 Canberrans turned out to discuss how we can ensure older members of our community can stay fit, healthy and contributing to our nation’s capital.
Issues discussed ranged from aged care and retirement villages to the role of nutrition, exercise, pets and sunshine on health and wellbeing.
The difficulty in finding employment due to age discrimination also loomed large.
As our population ages, we need to put in place initiatives that realise and lever the potential and experience of older Canberrans, in a paid and voluntary capacity.
We also need to provide the infrastructure and support to empower older Canberrans to continue to live as independently and actively for as long as possible.
Thanks to everyone who joined us for the forum. I’m hosting a Pensioners Forum next month so keep an eye on my website and Facebook for further details.