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OPAN and COTA events celebrating International Day of Older Persons and inaugural Ageism Awareness Day on Oct 1

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The United Nation’s International Day of Older Persons is a reminder to celebrate the older people in our lives and recognise the significant contribution they make to our communities.

This year’s theme, Digital Equity for All Ages, highlights the need for access and meaningful participation in the digital world by older persons.

For advice and learning resources, including e-safety training, you can also visit the Be Connected website, a Federal Government initiative designed to empower all Australians to develop digital skills and confidence.

Ageist attitudes have an enormous impact on older people.

Ageism can lead to poor physical and mental health, financial insecurity, loneliness and social isolation, and early death.  

The Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) and the Council on the Ageing (COTA) are also marking October 1 as Australia’s inaugural Ageism Awareness Day, with a conversation about ageism, its impact, and how we can each play a part in combatting harmful stereotypes. 

The first Ageism Awareness Day will be launched at 10am (AEST) with a COTA online launch event.

Dr Marlene Krasovitsky will be facilitating the discussion with Monica Trapaga, Kay Patterson AO and Robert Tickner about ageism.

They will draw attention to the existence and impacts of ageism and bring this pervasive, highly tolerated form of discrimination and prejudice out of the shadows to the forefront of our minds.

Interested parties can register here for the event.

Also on Friday at 11.30am (AEST), participants will hear directly from members of OPAN’s National Older Persons Reference Group, Kevyn Morris, Robert Han, Val Fell, Grahame Smith and Lesley Forster, who each have their own stories and solutions to share about ageism. 

All and sundry are welcome to join OPAN on Facebook Live or Zoom for the live conversation about the impact of ageist stereotypes and how to champion a community free of ageism. 

To find out more, visit OPAN’s Facebook page and register here.

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