Getting Old Has Changed Forever

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BYRON WRITERS Festival will not only boast a lineup of more than 150 brilliant writers and thinkers, it will help change perceptions and challenge stereotypes about growing older in Australia.

Backed by major sponsor, Feros Care, the Byron Bay Writers Festival is renowned for its stimulating lineup and this year’s program is no different, asking the provocative question, “What Sort of Old Do You Want to Be?”

Feros Care CEO Jennene Buckley said people are invited to write their response to the question “What Sort of Old Do You Want to Be?” on the ‘Stick it to Ageism’ art installation wall. The best comments will be in the running to win tickets to next year’s festival.

The wall, set up in the festival grounds, is intended to ignite thought and conversation about getting older. Feros Care and the Byron Bay Writers Festival want the whole community to start talking about ageing, to break down attitudes and to prove that life does not stop at 70.

Ms Buckley said “Sticking it to Ageism demonstrates older people want the same choices and opportunities as younger people. Age should not change quality of life.

“One of the themes being explored at this year’s festival is Ageing in a youth-obsessed world; so the Stick it To Ageism Wall is the perfect addition to this topic.

“We learn when we are young, and as we grow older we want to use these skills and talents to continue learning and to participate in society. We all want to be the same sort of old they whether we are young or middle-aged,” she said.

Festival director Edwina Johnson said she was delighted to have Feros Care on board again as a Major Partner of Byron Bay Writers Festival.

“Long-standing partnerships such as these are extremely important to our ongoing viability, and Feros Care’s passion for creativity and community makes them a perfect fit for us,” she said.

Please visit the Byron Writers Festival web site for more information

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