Celebrating our older people in October

Published on 30 September 2021


Council is helping bring awareness to, and celebrating, the older members of its community throughout the month of October, with a number of different awareness campaigns and activities taking place.

Friday, 1 October is International Day of Older Persons, a day to celebrate, honour, support and encourage the older members of our community, as well as bringing awareness to the impact of an ageing population and the ongoing need to ensure that people can grow old with dignity and continue to participate actively in society.

This date is particularly special, as it will also mark Australia’s first Ageism Awareness Day, giving everyone an opportunity to talk with families, friends and work colleagues about the existence and impacts of ageism in Australia.

Yarra Ranges Mayor, Cr Fiona McAllister, said that recognising the positive impacts that older people have on their communities was a great first step in reducing ageism.

“We all know that our older people add so much to our community, but sadly around the country there are still instances of ageism which takes away opportunities for our older people to actively participate in society,” Cr McAllister said.

“Campaigns such as Ageism Awareness Day allows us to help raise awareness and educate everyone on knowing what ageism is and being able to name it when we see it.

“Hopefully as the groundswell of support behind these kinds of campaigns builds, we will move closer to being in a society free of ageism.”

October is also the month where many Seniors Festival events are usually run, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, Council has had to postpone its scheduled events until next year.

However, in its place Council is running a Grand Short Story Competition, calling on children and young people of Yarra Ranges to write a short story about a special older person in their life.

Stories can be up to 200 words in length, or for younger entrants, a drawing can also be submitted.

The competition will be broken into three categories, preschool to prep, primary, and secondary school students, with one winner from each category to be selected to win a $100 voucher to one of the local Yarra Ranges businesses listed in the terms and conditions.

“Our older people are often great mentors and pillars in our children’s lives, so I encourage family members to let their kids know about the Grand Short Story Competition and to submit an entry, as I am sure there’s so many wonderful stories to be told from right here in the Yarra Ranges.”

For more information, including terms and conditions for the competition and online submission form, please visit www.yarraranges.vic.gov.au/grandstorycomp.

While Council’s own planned Seniors Festival events have been postponed, Seniors Victoria will be running online and radio performances for the reminder of the year, which you can find out more about by visiting the Seniors Online website or by calling 1300 797 210.

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