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Be a Dignity Champion

Ageism is getting old – let’s stand up New Zealand!

On the 14 December 1990, the UN General Assembly made the 1st of October International Day of Older Persons (IDOP). This day was set aside to celebrate older people around the world and focus attention on the particular needs and challenges faced by many of them. It also celebrates the essential contribution the majority of older men and women contribute to the function of society.

IDOP is a time to celebrate the value of older people and a chance to acknowledge their contributions to our communities; in the work place, as volunteers, as caregivers and as whole people, with dreams, aspirations, wisdom and experience.

Stand with Age Concern Wanganui this International Day of the Older Person 2016.

International Day of Older Persons is a day to celebrate all older people – to highlight the value of all older people and to promote dignity and respect.

The 2016 international theme is Stand against Ageism.

We are all getting older! So this year we have a campaign that everyone at any age can be part of - join us and sign up as an Age Concern Dignity Champion. Everyone can be a Dignity Champion by showing a commitment to breaking down ageism and stereotypes and encouraging dignity and respect for all people.

Age Concern Wanganui believes all kiwis, no matter what age can celebrate the fact that older people are a real asset to New Zealand. 

The challenge is for everyone to sign up as an Age Concern Dignity Champion. Imagine if we could get all New Zealanders to sign up and celebrate and value the older people in their lives and also promote dignity and respect for all older Kiwi’s.

An Age Concern Dignity Champion pledges to:

  • Reject stereotypes and focus on the uniqueness of every individual
  • Speak up when they hear people speaking negatively about growing old
  • Have the courage to question practices they feel are disrespectful to older people
  • To not patronise older people
  • To be patient, polite and friendly
  • Have zero tolerance for abuse or neglect
  • Build relationships – they combat isolation and loneliness by getting to know the older people in their lives.

You can help make a difference “Together we can make a Stand against Ageism. Together we can celebrate the older people in our life and not just on October 1st but every opportunity we get”.

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