Perceptions of Ageing across cultures

"Ageing" is a dirty word for many people, but in some cultures it can attract respect due to their wisdom. So how does culture inform the perception of ageing? Are there cultural practices that "keep us young"?

Beyond Story and Leadership, Education, Advancement and Development for Asian Australians (LEADAA) bring you an evening of stories and panel discussion from four beautiful people from four very different cultures – Malaysian Chinese, South African and Nepalese to explore the topic of ageing.  

It was a thought provoking night which challenges our own perceptions on ageing. From storytelling about traditional perceptions on ageing across cultures, to personal approach to ageing and finally to aged care policy debate!

Thank you to our panelists: Parsuram Sharma-Luital JP (2nd left), Marianne Roux (middle at the back) Marion Lau (middle) and Geoff Rowe (far right at the back), for your wisdom and insights. 

Thank you to our panelists: Parsuram Sharma-Luital JP (2nd left), Marianne Roux (middle at the back) Marion Lau (middle) and Geoff Rowe (far right at the back), for your wisdom and insights. 

We discovered that regardless of culture, whether the perception on ageing is a positive or negative one, it depends on if one is living with a purpose, being respected and possess mental toughness to keep one alive. And no matter what cultures these elders come from, they should be respected for their wisdom and younger generations should spend more time caring and talking to them.

It’s all in our mind. Getting older doesn’t mean being useless until you think so. Just be curious and find the purpose of your life. These are the secrets to keep us going, to be alive.
— Marion, Deputy Chair at the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria and chairs the Aged Care Policy sub-committee.

Full panel discussion on Cultural Perceptions on Ageing with Marion Lau, Geoff Rowe, Marianne Roux, Parsuram Sharma-Luital.

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Celebrating Motherhood Across Cultures

Have you ever wondered what cultural customs people do during pregnancy and after the birth of the child? For instance, in some cultures, certain food are not recommended for mums during pregnancy. In other cultures, mums are asked to stay home for a lengthy period of time after birth. 

Beyond Story was very excited to partner with Leadership, Education, Advancement and Development for Asian Australians (LEADAA) to bring a panel of three mothers from different cultures - Chinese, Greek and Salvadoran - to share their stories and experiences. We discussed traditional practices from their culture and what these practices mean to them in modern Australia. 

Big hugs to our panelists Jodie (far left) , Veronica (middle) and Helen (2nd right) for sharing their motherhood stories with us.  Their stories are powerful, moving and inspiring. 

Big hugs to our panelists Jodie (far left) , Veronica (middle) and Helen (2nd right) for sharing their motherhood stories with us.  Their stories are powerful, moving and inspiring. 

It was a night full of heartfelt stories - Stories of Mothers' Strength, Love and Fortitude

And this is what we've discovered on the night:

No matter where you come from, reflecting on motherhood, children come with no manual. It’s up to us to make our own, so make it a good one cos it’s a once in a lifetime experience and challenges that you are blessed and given
— Veronica, a mother of 3 with fortitude, El Salvador

This event is supported by the Victorian Multicultural Commission.

Full Panel discussion on Celebrating Motherhood Across Cultures 

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We don't want you to miss out on heartfelt stories and real conversations.