July 4th, 2022Ageing well and time to talk
CLUNES is a place of firsts. First gold town. First Book Town and now the first country town to tackle the issue of ageing well in the community by bringing the conversation right to its own door.
On Friday, October 28, the Clunes community will host a one-day conference featuring some of the country’s leading experts in positive ageing. Globally the 60+ generation has been actively questioning what it means to age well, and what role community life can play to ensure that people live full and active lives.
“This one-day conversation is designed to address those questions head on,” Clunes Neighbourhood House manager Lana de Kort said. The neighbourhood house is helping the community run the conference.
“The conference includes a powerful line-up of speakers, designed to make sure that Australia’s vital ageing well conversation gets louder and has attitude. The issues impacting on ageing well will be articulated, unpacked and reinvented so that together, we can work out what is possible to help people age well in their own community.
“Clunes has a way of tackling issues head on. So it’s no surprise that our community has swiftly made this conversation a priority.”
The conference is being run by a group, some pictured, of more than 60 locals who during the pandemic responded to the closure of the Clunes Senior Citizens Club by forming a new group focused on ageing well. Since 2019 Attitude has held more than 420 different activities, all led by the community and supported by Clunes Neighbourhood House.
“Attitude have taken a blue sky approach to ageing well. They’ve developed an approach that doesn’t get bogged down with administration, but at the same time reflects the key attributes identified in the Commissioner of Seniors Gerard Mansour’s report: Ageing Well in a Changing World.
“It’s a great model that could be replicated in many communities and is a perfect example of what the Commissioner Gerard Mansour will be speaking about when he talks at the conference.
“The conference is ideal for those shaping policy and working in the ageing industry or for individuals keen to make sure they are on top of the issues that will make ageing well a reality for each of us in our own communities.”
To book earlybird tickets for the Talking Ageing with Attitude Conference visit www.talkingageingwithattitude.org