Academics are drawing links between ageism in society and increased instances of elder abuse.
To combat this, a collaboration between researchers from Swinburne University and Eastern Community Legal Centre has developed a slew of digital stories to help dispel myths and stereotypes that surround older people.
Filmmaker and Swinburne lecturer Dr Max Schleser says that disrupting negative attitudes was key to this project.
“We used community consultation and co-design strategies to make video stories that presented older people making a difference to their community and challenge the negative assumptions about getting older.”
This is the second stage of one of Australia’s first investigations of ageism as a driver of elder abuse, the OPERA Project: Older People, Equity, Respect and Ageing.
Aged Care Insite spoke with Dr Donna Bossio from Swinburne, to hear more about what drives ageism and how the project came together.
Check out the video series below:
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