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Journey toward a Convention for the Rights of Older Persons

– Posted in: Lifelong Learning Positive Ageing

Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. It was a historical moment for humanity. It outlines the fundamental human rights under which we are universally protected. Since then population-specific conventions have been developed by working groups and adopted by countries around the world, such as: Convention

“Nothing about us without us!” – Strategy for Advocacy in 2019

– Posted in: Positive Ageing

When I think about effective advocacy, I think about the process of “barnacling” described by a remarkably successful change agent, Donna Butts, the founding director of Generations United.  Like tiny snails, barnacles grow and are firmly attached to the bottoms of ships that glide through the sea.  Donna said, “If we want something, we just

From Panic to Purpose and Passion

– Posted in: Positive Ageing

When I was coming up to 60 I started to worry seriously about money. I am a solo ager who had chosen to work between my homeland, South Africa, and France. I couldn’t look forward to a comfortable retirement in either and in any event I didn’t feel like retiring. Oh happy day when I

On the Move

– Posted in: Lifelong Learning Positive Ageing

House-sitting in the Second Half of Life Meg is our Country Liaison for New Zealand. “We think we would love you to sit for us. But we need you to know we are not a pristine / new / ultra tidy lifestyle block! Dogs sometimes run through the house...the big back yard is completely overgrown

Being is Meaningful Work

– Posted in: Positive Ageing Work & Economic Security

For many years, my mantra has been, “Meaningful work, paid or unpaid, through the last breath.” For most of that time, I’ve been thinking about work as purposeful doing. For the last 20 years, since I shifted my professional focus on life-work planning from youth to older adults, I’ve wanted to counter ageism by showcasing

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