Year: 2020

The language of ageing

The language of ageing

I’ve often thought about how so many of the words we use around ageing are negative (‘over the hill’, ‘the elderly’, ‘old biddy’) or how often judgemental terms creep in too. I’m thinking about terms like ‘positive ageing’, ‘ageing better’, ‘successful ageing’. And of course, while I support being positive about ageing, who gets to define what is ‘better’ or ‘successful’?

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Just so over it!

Just so over it!

Maybe it’s COVID-19 and the associated disruptions. Maybe it’s being 53 and going through perimenopause. Or maybe I am completely sick and tired of seeing so much ageism (and racism and ableism and sexism) in a world where we should really know better by now. I despair that I will see out my life and things won’t have changed much at all, despite all the hard work of the many activists and advocates working to make change.

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Talking about women and ageing on WOW Bites!

Talking about women and ageing on WOW Bites!

Super excited to share the very first episode of WOW Bites featuring yours truly among some wonderful and inspiring company!

For those who don’t know about WOW Australia, you’r in for a treat. WOW, which stands for Women of the World, is an international event/project/creation/global force that brings together women from all walks of life to talk about everything and anything to do with women. It’s creative, imaginative and challenging. And so far 2 million women worldwide have taken part in gatherings in 30 countries on 5 continents.

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Ageism, Inequity and Health in 2020

Ageism, Inequity and Health in 2020

As a young woman, I never dreamed that ageism would be something that would affect me in my lifetime. I never imagined it affecting my sister, or my parents or even my grandparents. It could be that I lacked imagination. Or maybe I was idealistic (my mother often said I was). Or that I had a view of the world that was coloured by never having experienced significant discrimination, or at least, never having felt unable to counter discrimination with the obvious logic of my words and my unfailing passion.

Age Justice in a Time of Fear

Age Justice in a Time of Fear

Well, let’s take a quick look at some statistics: older women make up a significant chunk of all older people. A higher proportion of women are aged 65 and over than men. Older women are almost twice as likely to live by themselves in older age as well and they are also more likely to need help with activities such as mobility, property maintenance and household chores(Source(s): ABS Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers: Summary of Findings 2018).