On 2 October 2019, we held our 'Age Proud: Exploring Positive Ageing' event. The event coincided with the International Day of Older Persons 2019 and was an opportunity for members of the network to come together to discuss the ways that ageing is currently portrayed in the media. We had a fantastic day hearing from our network members and our fabulous speakers, Joyce Williams, who is an Age Proud blogger and campaigner, Paul McGarry, head of the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub and Mike Dodd from the ‘Talking About my Generation’ Campaign. We were also treated to a fantastic performance by the world champion whistler David Morris, who blew us all away with us his amazing renditions of Nessun Dorma, Shenandoah and many more! Click here to view his performance!
Our afternoon workshops explored how older people and ageing are currently portrayed in the media and thought of in society. Together, we thought about the types of stories about older people that should be promoted, in order to challenge some of the negative stereotypes about ageing.
Attendees also had the opportunity to have their photo taken in our fabulous #AgeProud photobooth. Thank you so much to everyone who came to the event and helped to make it a huge succes!