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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