Forever Young: how can we age without getting old?

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Image of an older women giving rock on hands What does the future for you and your family look like in a community that is getting older?

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Thursday 24 May 2018 05:30 pm until Thursday 24 May 2018 07:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Christina Lew
Presented by:
Bold Thinking, Francis Leach, Renata Singer, Professor Irene Blackberry, Dr Rachel Winterton
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Current Student: Undergraduate; Current Student: Postgraduate; Public Lecture
$10 General* / FOC Students, Concession, Seniors & Under 18**

Medical and technological advances mean more of us are living fulfilling lives to 100 years of age and beyond, but in a world obsessed with celebrity and youth, how do we challenge perceptions of getting old and champion positive ageing?  How do we age without getting old?

Please join us at the third Bold Thinking Series event for 2018 at Albury-Wodonga for an enlightening panel discussion facilitated by MC Francis Leach with La Trobe University researchers and a respected international commentator.

We will challenge your assumptions on ageing and consider the implications of living longer yet staying positive, youthful and active. The discussion will ask how rural and regional communities, young or old, can support us all ageing well.

It will feature Renata Singer, an internationally acclaimed author of ‘Older and Bolder: Life beyond 60’, Professor Irene Blackberry and Dr Rachel Winterton from La Trobe University’s John Richards Centre for Rural Ageing Research.

Read Rachel Winterton's thoughts on older people and ageing well on Nest, La Trobe’s content hub for clever thinkers.

Followed by post-event catering.

*All proceeds will go to the Albury-Wodonga Community Scholarship

**must be accompanied by adult



Francis Leach is a broadcaster, journalist, writer and passionate fan of The Clash, Francis is a man in love with ideas. He’s passionate about people and their capacity to create and achieve greatness and he explores the human condition through his love of sport, music, popular culture and great writing. Francis engages in meaningful conversations and asks the right questions, even the tough ones, and his extraordinary breadth and depth of knowledge across any number of fields has given him a unique perspective on life and an amazing ability to connect with his audience.


Portrait photo of Renata SingerRenata Singer is a writer, educator and community activist.

Her most recent book is Older & Bolder: Life after 60, a “rallying cry to live audaciously in the last third of your life.” Since finishing the book she is doing her very best to live up to her own advice.

Renata is the author of the novel, The Front of the Family, and co-author of True Stories from the Land of Divorce; Goodbye and Hello; and The Moral of the Story: Ethics Through Literature.

Among her non-writing activities is being on the Melbourne Jewish Book Week Program Committee. She is a founding member of Yiddish Australia, and in April 2015 became the second female President of the Kadimah Jewish Cultural Centre and National Library.  Renata is also Co-Chair of the In One Voice Festival.

She lives half the year in Melbourne, and the other half in New York City.

A portrait photo of Irene BlackberryProfessor Irene Blackberry is Director of John Richards Centre for Rural Ageing Research at La Trobe University, Albury-Wodonga campus. Following her medical training, she undertook a PhD at Monash University to examine why people, aged 70 years and over, across Japan, Australia, Sweden and Greece were living longer. Her Food Habits in Later Life, was the world-first to show that older people needed to remain engaged and physically active however diet was the key predictor of survival.

Professor Blackberry is a highly regarded expert in translating research evidence into practice. She has received $15M of research funding and produced over 80 publications. Her passion is on improving health and access to care among older people with complex chronic conditions and their carers. She currently leads a Commonwealth funded VERILY project, that aims to connect carers of people living with dementia across rural Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia through technology. Professor Blackberry is President of the Australian Association of Gerontology Victoria and on the editorial board of the Primary Care Diabetes Europe.

A portrait photo of Rachel WintertonDr Rachel Winterton is a research fellow at the John Richards Centre for Rural Ageing Research at La Trobe University, Albury-Wodonga campus. Her research focuses on how rural communities, governments and organisations are responding to opportunities and challenges posed by population ageing through systems of governance, health and social infrastructure. She has a particular interest in how population ageing is altering traditional expectations around healthcare provision, aged care, social and civic participation. She is internationally recognised for her research on rural ageing and volunteering, which highlights the contributions that older Australians make to local and civic society. Outside of her academic career, Rachel is a keen water polo player and has played in various local and representative teams within the Ovens and Murray region.


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