Human Interest
We believe that older people are undervalued in society, and we are doing everything we can to change that perception. Let's celebrate and bring to light the colourful lives and real stories of older people.
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‘Gran slammers’ using the power of poetry to tell their stories

A project that saw 20 seniors aged 70 to 98 learn to write and perform slam poetry, a style usually associated with the youth culture, has culminated in ‘powerful and passionate’ performances and a new-found confidence for the participants. Gran Slam, a collaboration between performance producers, Everybody NOW! and aged-care provider, Feros Care, gave Gold... Read More

America’s oldest woman turns 116

It’s not often that someone gets two Sweet 16s, but America’s oldest woman, Hester Ford celebrated her 116th birthday this weekend. Read More

“The measure of a society is how it cares for its elderly”: Right Now We Don’t Measure Up

Media Release from Annie Butler – ANMF Federal Branch Today, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) and key national medical groups have been joined by Professor John Pollaers, Chair of the 2018 Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce, in calling on Prime Minister Morrison, the Government and all sides of the Australian Parliament, to legislate... Read More
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The 7 best murals of older people around the world

Around the world, street artists have been creating incredible murals in honour of older people in their communities. Here are some of our favourites. Read More

Rare Care: Robyn’s Search For Answers To A Mystery Disability

As a teenager growing up in Sydney’s north-west in the late 1950s, the atmosphere in Robyn Iredale’s family home changed dramatically when her younger brother Stuart was born. Stuart didn’t talk much as a child, but his screaming and violent outbursts signified underlying issues that at this point went undiagnosed. In those days, knowledge regarding... Read More

John McKenna: Being Young and Living in Aged Care

John McKenna has never let his disability hold him back. If anything, it’s empowered him to be who he is today. John has Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita, which means he was born with twisted limbs and had to undergo many corrective surgeries as a child. He’s spent his whole life in an electric wheelchair. When he... Read More
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The Dancing Queens of the Aged Care Scene

Josie, Iris and Helen started line dancing in nursing homes in 1999 where a friend of Helen’s was in charge of the activities. Originally there were six of us to start with, then the group grew as others wanted to join us. Word soon got around about our demonstrations and that is how it all... Read More

Newly Crowned Ms World 2018 Also Claims Title of Australia’s Oldest Beauty Queen

Robyn Canner has claimed the title of Australia’s oldest beauty queen from Ms Earth Australia 2017 Suzi Dent after being crowned Ms World 2018 in Seattle. Ms Canner, 60, has proven age is but a number yet again by beating out beauties from 22 countries, aged 26-plus. Contestants were judged on fitness wear, evening gown,... Read More
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