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Painting centenarians to fight ageism: podcast

Olivia Daniel and her painting of 100- year-old Helene.

Fifteen-year-old Olivia Daniel likes to paint and sculpt.

She used her skills this year during the South Australian edition of 'The Centenarian Portrait Project by Teenagers' exhibition to paint Helene, a nursing home resident who is just over 100 years old.

Inspired by her late grandmother to get involved into the project, she regularly met up with Helene, after which a special friendship evolved.

"Helene often looks deep in thought, so I was really happy to capture her when she was laughing," Olivia says.

"I wanted to paint her smiling because once you get to know her, she's really very sweet and nice to talk to."

Aged Care Insite spoke with Olivia about how the exhibition bridges the generational gap by bringing together older people and teenagers while also addressing ageism.

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