celebrating international day of older persons 2018
Date: Monday 1st October ~ 9.30am - 1.00pm
Registration: from 9am
Investment: $10 (morning tea provided)
The Richmond Room, 11 Regatta Ave, Ballina NSW 2480
On one day of the year we are called to celebrate the older person. Here at Joy of Ageing Esoterically, we call the older person an Elder.
Elders have traditionally been the wise and respected members of a tribe, kinship group, clan or nation.
The elders governed, and they held positions of authority in the family and society. With our modern fast paced lifestyle and the increasing mobility of younger generations, these relationships with elders have been eroded. Today many grandparents do not live near or spend time with their grandchildren. In the western world the family unit has shrunk to the ‘nuclear family’. Many elders are retired from the workplace.
What does this mean for our elders today?
We only need look at the situation in many aged care facilities to see that everyday life in old age today can be very scary, lonely, and mundane. And yet these elders have rich experiences to share. They have been running businesses, raising families, experiencing relationships, fighting for freedom, marching in protest of war or racism or inequality so that younger generations may live more safe or equal. They have built homes, travelled, endured hardships or enjoyed wealth and security.
On this one day of the year when we are recognising and celebrating our elders, it is an opportunity to acknowledge their contribution to society, their lived wisdom, their ability to observe life, their understanding that we live in cycles, that life is constantly unfolding a deeper knowing within us, and that deep within we are all equal souls.
Celebrating International Day of Older Persons brings us together to celebrate the potential of this cycle of our life.