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Reclaiming the self: How older people perceive and experience their ageing

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Cook, PS, Reclaiming the self: How older people perceive and experience their ageing, Academy Gallery, University of Tasmania, Acacdemy Gallery, Inveresk (2016) [Curated Exhibition]


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Abstract

As of 30 June 2012, fourteen percent of the Australian population was over the age of 65 (3.2 million people). Despite these demographic changes, older age continues to be compared with youthfulness and, as a result, is often portrayed as a time of loss involving social isolation, withdrawal, and a body in decline with malfunctioning or deficit physical, mental and emotional resources. This negativity towards ageing may contribute to, or could be at odds with, how older people perceive and experience their own ageing process.

This exhibition engages with what ageing means to older people, and how they feel about this process. It features photographs and interview extracts from older people (65 years and over) living independently in the Greater Launceston community. The exhibition and associated research directly confronts the social myths that ageing equates to dependency and institutionalisation by showcasing the beauty, sadness, joy and uncertainty that ageing can present, thus providing crucial insight into the wants and needs of older people. Attendees can also interact with this exhibition, and are invited to make their own contribution.

Exhibition locations and dates:

Alma’s Activity Centre Clarence, Bellerive, Tasmania, Australia, 24th July - 18th August 2017.

Child Health and Parenting Service, Clarendon Vale, Tasmania, Australia, 24th July - 18th August 2017.

Clarence City Council Chambers, Rosny Park, Tasmania, Australia, 24th July - 18th August 2017.

Clarendon Vale Neighbourhood Centre, Clarendon Vale, Tasmania, Australia, 24th July - 18th August 2017.

Howrah Community Centre, Howrah, Tasmania, Australia, 24th July - 18th August 2017.

Integrated Care Centre (ICC), Rosny Park, Tasmania, Australia, 24th July - 18th August 2017.

Lauderdale Primary School, Lauderdale, Tasmania, Australia, 24th July - 18th August 2017.

Presbyterian Care, John Tooth Day Centre, Warrane, Tasmania, Australia, 24th July - 18th August 2017.

Risdon Vale Neighbourhood Centre, Risdon Vale, Tasmania, Australia, 24th July - 18th August 2017.

Rosny Child Care Centre, Montagu Bay, Tasmania, Australia, 24th July - 18th August 2017.

Rosny LINC, Tasmania, Australia, 24th July - 18th August 2017.

Fairway Rise Lifestyle Village, Lindisfarne, Tasmania, Australia, 31st July - 18th August 2017.

Richmond Farmers and Makers Market, Richmond, Tasmania, Australia, 5th - 6th August 2017.

South Arm Community Centre, South Arm, Tasmania, Australia, 6th - 18th August 2017.

Clarence Eating with Friends, Lindisfarne Motor Yacht Club, Lindisfarne, Tasmania, Australia, 9 August 2017.

Item Details

Item Type:Curated Exhibition
Keywords:Ageing; older people; ageing population; embodiment; lived experience; phenomenology
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Social Change
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
Author:Cook, PS (Dr Peta Cook)
ID Code:111286
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2016-09-07
Last Modified:2018-04-06
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