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AS A FITTING contribution to Canberra's
centenary celebrations, the Australian
Association of Gerontology ACT
commissioned the making of a series of
poignant video portraits documenting the lives
of some of Canberra's oldest living citizens.
The 30-minute documentary made by
Canberra filmmaker Kris Kerehona centres
on the lives of five inspiring ACT residents
including the architect of Australia's
Parliament House, Romaldo Giurgola (92),
prominent Canberra celebrity and pilot
Margaret Lodge (97), local tennis champion
Linda Welch (94), the oldest living Ngunnawal
Elder, Elma Pearsall (92), and WWII veteran
and advocate Marcus Quinlivan (91).
Drawing on themes of family, wellbeing
and healthy living, the nonagenarians each
bring a sense of wisdom and colour to their
reflections on longevity.
The Centenarians -- Embracing the Coming
of Age was made with the support of the ACT
Office for Ageing and premiered at the Silver
Screen Film Festival at the National Film and
Sound Archives on August 27.
"Grow old along
with me! The best
is yet to be." -- Poet
Ageing topics in unlikely places -- outside
the box, on the screen, under the radar...
AND ART MAKING
A 15-MONTH collaborative Aboriginal
art project between the WA Dementia
Training Study Centre and Hall & Prior's
Windsor Park Aged Care Home in Perth
is the subject of a new documentary,
entitled Nungoo Ngich Dunga Ngich
(See me hear me).
As part of the collaboration,
renowned Aboriginal artist Ron Gidgup
led a team of staff and 15 indigenous
residents and their families to design
and create three large pieces of art
depicting Aboriginal culture and history.
Initially conceived as a way to
develop the cultural awareness of the facility's staff who are caring for Aboriginal people with
dementia, the project also provided an important insight into the life stories and identity of
some of the Windsor Park residents. The murals, which depict stories of kinship, unity and the
dreaming, are on public display within the facility.
Ron Gidgup said the project started from a simple desire to bring art and cultural activities
to the Aboriginal residents living with dementia, but it has evolved into an important exercise in
building trusting relationships and of cultural learning and exchange.
At the WA Dementia Training Study Centre, the project will now form the basis for the
development of training materials for staff working with Aboriginal people with dementia in
The DVD was filmed and produced by Arun Raj from Tuco Films.
By Linda Belardi
TOP TV PICK
DEREK, STARRING RICKY Gervais as the title
character, who also doubles as the show's writer and
director, is a bittersweet comedy celebrating love and
friendship in a UK nursing home. Faced with closure,
the series follows the daily struggles of the residents
and staff including facility manager, Hannah and
caretaker Dougie, who battle to keep their low care facility afloat against the pressure of
budgetary cuts from the local council.
Derek explores the genuine companionship and affection felt amongst the tight-knit
community, the deep grief of losing a member of their self-made family, and the cold
indifference of bureaucrats and bean-counters who fail to appreciate the facility as their home.
Gervais, creator of the hit mockumentary The Office and TV shows Extras and An Idiot
Abroad, says while the characters in Derek may be considered 'outsiders', they belong to
a place where kindness trumps all.
Watch Derek on ABC1 on Thursday at 10pm or on ABC iview.
Ricky Gervais as Derek, now
screening on ABC TV
Reflections on longevity
Photography by Kate Travis
CHALLENGING STEREOTYPES AND PROVOKING CONVERSATIONS ON AGEING
A SELECTION OF residents' photographs
documenting their daily lives in BallyCara aged
care facility on Brisbane's Redcliffe Peninsula
will be displayed in an exhibition entitled My
Life: Frangipanis, Friendship and Football.
The photographs highlight valued
friendships amongst residents and staff, fun-
filled outings to local beaches, cafes and the
football, and residents simply relaxing and
appreciating the beauty in nature.
Associate Professor Evonne Miller, an
environmental psychologist at Queensland
University of Technology who is conducting
research on attitudes and the lived experience
of residents in aged care, hopes the
exhibition will help foster conversations about
ageing and challenge pre-existing negative
stereotypes of aged care.
The exhibition, which was launched at
BallyCara's 30th Anniversary Gala Dinner
in late August, will also be displayed at
libraries, council buildings and conferences
Despite recent negative media attention,
Miller says the exhibition intends to capture
how relocating to aged care can be a positive
and enriching experience for new residents.
L-R Graeme Prior, Jennifer Grieve, Sharyn McDavitt,
Ron Gidgup, Barbara Horner and Heather Freegard
at DVD launch.
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