Grandma Williams - Exploring the modern world at 80 plus
I am Joyce Williams is also known as Grandma Williams. I've traveled the world, written books, been a Physio & TV Presenter. Now I'm 80 and I'm blogging about the fun and nonsense of being ancient in a modern world and experiencing everyday ageism in all its glory!
Why? Not really cleverly ironic is it? More like unthinking ageism? And certainly helpful in reinforcing the negative image of later years that contributes to the issue?
Some editorial rethinking needed?
It isn't that the adverts are wrong, not at all. But most people do not have the context in which to set them. And in themselves the appeals, however worthy, have an ability to generate negative and unnecessarily worrying perceptions of old age.
The campaign. was started because we, recognised that our society has a problem.
A negative view of old age, whether held by others, or by ourselves, is harmful. It affects our health, mental and physical, our social wellbeing, and the extent to which we enjoy life. It affects our employment opportunities. And certainly underlies many of the problems facing the NHS and Social Services.
The Old Age Brand is saddled with a historically bad press. It has acquired an image of faults, dysfunction and unreliability. Seen as to be avoided.
Old Age needs a Re Brand. And Our Campaign can do it.
I had not realised though that its image has changed and today Graffiti is a recognised section of the Arts. New to me that there were competitions, exhibitions, different genres and world renowned valued artists whose work people would pay £5 to see! Turning up in here in Glasgow in their thousands over two days!
One of the many delightful surprises in this Strange Land of Old Age, has been this calm acceptance, this adjustment to later life. The change in the focus of pleasures that one cannot imagine at all when you are younger.