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BASED ON RONALD Harwood's stage play
of the same name, Quartet tells the story of
three lifelong friends who are residents of
Beecham House, a home for retired opera
singers. Every year on composer Giuseppe
Verdi's birthday, the residents unite to give
a concert to raise funds for their home. But
plans start to unravel when the fourth and
most celebrated member of their former
quartet moves into Beecham House to
everyone's surprise. Starring Billy Connolly
and Maggie Smith, Quartet is a heart-warming comedy about music, friendship and redefining
old age. The film also marks Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut. Distributed by Momentum
Pictures (UK) and available on DVD.
Ageing topics in unlikely places -- outside
the box, on the screen, under the radar...
By Linda Belardi
DOCO EXPLORES AGEING AND CARING
AGEING AND CARING, a BBC World Service documentary, explores how people in the 21st
century are experiencing old age. Presenter Ruth Brook is a psychotherapist and in her 80s. As
Brook herself approaches retirement, she shares her thoughts on four very different stories of
growing older and on how the world cares about ageing.
The documentary captures the daily lives of four men and women in their 70s and 80s living
n the UK, the US, India and South Africa. They reflect on society's attitudes to ageing, the
challenges of being a full-time carer and the importance of remaining independent.
From the stigma of dementia in London to old age poverty in South Africa and a burgeoning
growth in residential care homes in New Delhi, the documentary shows the experience of ageing
to be one of loss and contribution; strength and dependence. Listen to the documentary in
DEMENTIA TAKES CENTRE STAGE
INSPIRED BY THE real-life experience of carers, Couldn't Care
Less is a dark, surreal and moving play about supporting a
much-loved parent through the journey of a dementia diagnosis.
Staged by Edinburgh-based groups Plutot La Vie and
Strange Theatre as part of Scotland's creative ageing festival,
the production tells the story of Lily, a successful London PR
manager who gives up her career to become her mother's
unpaid carer. The play explores the renegotiation of the bonds
between mother and daughter and the hardships, frustrations
and unwavering love experienced as a carer. To reach a
global audience, Couldn't Care Less was broadcast online in
October and November 2013 where it was watched by people
from over 13 countries.
Lead characters Lily
"Age is an issue of
mind over matter.
If you don't mind, it
doesn't matter." --
Vere, a play by John Doyle
A MATTER OF FAITH
AWARD-WINNING ACTOR, writer and
comedian John Doyle explores the powerful
mind of a physicist confronting dementia in his
new play Vere (faith).
Just one month away from taking up a
prestigious appointment in Switzerland, the
professor of physics is given the life-changing
news and must wrestle with a new future
without his incisive intellect.
Influenced by Doyle's own experience of
caring for his father with Alzheimer's disease,
Vere explores religion, science and human
faith in this thought-provoking production.
Presented by State Theatre Company of South
Australia and Sydney Theatre Company.
RADIO HOUR AT BLUE CARE
FOR AN HOUR every week the residents of Blue Care Alkira aged care facility in
Toogoolawah, Queensland take over the reins at the community radio station Valley FM 95.9.
The station broadcasts the Alkira Radio Club Hour that plays song requests from
residents, volunteers and staff including opera, country and songs from the 1930s and 40s.
Two of the radio presenters also visit Alkira once a month to talk to the residents.
Blue Care diversional therapist Elaine Voigt says residents enjoy having a choice and a
say in what the radio station plays and the broadcast helps to stimulate memory recall as
the music helps the residents to reminisce.
The Alkira Radio Club Hour runs from 9am to 10am on Tuesday mornings.
Pauline Collins and Maggie Smith in Quartet.
one of the
Australia. The ACT competition, open to both
amateurs and professionals, aims to capture
photographic images that reflect on aspects of
positive ageing, intergenerational relationships
and Canberra as an age friendly city.
The competition includes specific
categories for primary and secondary
students, as well as a seniors category.
The finalists will be displayed as part of a
photographic exhibition within the Canberra
Centre during ACT Seniors Week in March
2014, at the 2014 Retirement and Lifestyle
Expo at EPIC in May 2014 and in ACT Libraries.
For more information on prize and past
winners see www.ageing.act.gov.au
Past finalist in Life's
competition. Photo by
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