A most important address given by the Age Discrimination Commmissioner, Dr Kay Patterson.
Dr Patterson notes that if we can achieve just a three per cent increase in workforce participation by the over 55s this would generate a $33 billion annual boost to the national economy.
Everyone has a role to play in transforming the way people think about growing older, whether you are an older person now or you will be in the future.
Clearly, businesses and organisations need to ensure that their policies and practices do not discriminate against older people. But it is also the informal everyday action that will make a difference— dispel myths about older people when you see them, challenge stereotypes. Be an advocate for older people’s abilities and with this persistency people will start to think differently about ageing