"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!
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.