What do we mean by the term ‘Positive Ageing’?
by John Ehm, President of Positive Ageing Cairns Incorporated.
My biological age is 84 years next birthday. My body reminds me of this every day, by simple things such as getting going in the morning, and taking a lot longer to do things, the tasks I used to do in one day, now take me a whole week.
As a builder of some 50 years in Brisbane, my business depended on planning and my bricklaying apprenticeship trade taught me the importance of having a solid foundation. On reflection I believe I have a positive attitude to every interest in life, family, work, friends, church, community involvement.
These principles have been my guide in the formation and development of PACI.
By 2030 Queensland will have more people over the age of 65 years than under 16 years.
What are thousands of seniors going to do with their retirement years ?
Some will find their way into retirement villages and others into aged care homes because of failing health.
The vast majority wish to remain in their own home/unit for as long as possible.
What has that got to do with Positive Ageing ?
Positive Ageing is not about living longer, or about how to avoid growing old,
Positive Ageing is about making the most of the benefits of being older; to mention a few;
now one has TIME to do things that one enjoys,
now one has the life earned habits and experiences to put something back in society,
now one has the time to give history lessons to grand children and great grand children.
now one has the benefit of hindsight to one’s life, its ups and its downs.
NOW – I have discovered – to put it simply – TIME is – My FRIEND
Young fresh ideas can be advantageous, but experience is invaluable.
The older generation has so much to offer society and it is up to society as a whole to maximise on the valuable contributions older persons can provide.
Here in Cairns FNQ, Positive Ageing Cairns Incorporated is actively promoting the Positive Ageing Concept and how Seniors can help their fellow Seniors.
If you wish to help, contact PACI for some answers.
So “Grow old along with me – the best is yet to be” Robert Browning 1864