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What does being old mean to you?

Status: Completed


Rockingham Australia
Print this page City population: 13900016% over 60Practice started in 2018


There is no denying that ageism is still prevalent in today’s society. Ask yourself, how often have you forgotten something or somebody’s name and said “I’m having a senior’s moment”? Just like racism and sexism, ageism is not OK. It makes the assumption that all older people are or behave the same. But, just like every other group in society, there is great diversity amongst older people who all have different abilities, backgrounds, behaviours, attitudes, values and outlooks on life. And that’s a good thing. Diversity is what makes life so interesting, so let’s celebrate it.

The City recently asked community members of different ages for their thoughts on the question ‘What does being old mean to you?’. Participants revealed their answers on camera, which the City of Rockingham used to turn into a short film clip. The aim of this film clip was to stimulate conversation amongst participants and viewers to get them thinking about older life and what that means. Who decides what or when ‘old’ is anyway? The result was a fun film clip which showcased a wide variety of answers – from the predicted to the unpredicted, from the serious to the funny (and even cheeky).

The video can be viewed by following this link


Key facts

Main target group: Both younger and older people (i.e. intergenerational)

Sector(s): Social protection

Desired outcome for older people:
Build and maintain relationships

Other issues the Age-friendly practice aims to address:
  • Ageism

Contact details

Name: Bethany Dubberlin

Email address:

Age-friendly practice in detail (click to expand):

Engaging the wider community

Project lead: Local authorities

Older people’s involvement: Older people helped to implement the age-friendly practice

Details on older people’s involvement: Older people took part in this film clip by sharing their views of what being old means to them.

Moving forward

Has the impact of this age-friendly practice been analysed: Yes

Was the impact positive or negative:

Lots of positive feedback has been received by older people, and the wider community.

Looking back

Very few challenges were faced. Community members were generally happy to share their thoughts on the question of what being meant to them. Feedback received were positive.

Age-Friendly World