In 2019 COTA Tasmania talked to older people about their preferences for the years ahead. We asked them what they thought would be most important to them as they aged and whether they had shared this with the people closest to them.
The project brought photographs and interview extracts together in ways we hope will inspire conversations that respect older people’s autonomy and choices.
The Ageing My Way exhibition was held at Hobart’s Waterside Pavilion in the lead-up to World Elder Abuse Day 2019. While themes of love, family, health, happiness, financial security and end of life were evident, we were also struck by the diversity of individual experiences, interests and concerns. This diversity became the focus of the exhibition.
We also thought participants’ quotes might inspire some audience members to take up a new interest or investigate a subject they had not previously considered, so we made available details of activities and services in the Greater Hobart area.
Ageing My Way was supported by the Tasmanian Government and a grant from the City of Hobart. It builds on our #RethinkAgeing photographic project. It was also inspired by research and exhibitions by COTA Tasmania Board member and Ageing My Way co-curator Dr Peta Cook. We hope to be able to tour the exhibition to other parts of Tasmania. Meanwhile, we are pleased to make its images available here, with our great thanks to the generosity of all who participated. Please scroll down to view the exhibition.