WRITE STUFF: The As I Age chalk wall will come to various locations in the Clarence Valley during Seniors Week.
WRITE STUFF: The As I Age chalk wall will come to various locations in the Clarence Valley during Seniors Week. contrbuted

‘As I Age’ chalkboard aimed at breaking down stereotypes

UNLEASH your inner scribe during this year's Seniors Week (April 1-10), by finishing the sentence "As I Age…" on chalkboards that will be at various sites around the Clarence.

Clarence Valley Mayor Richie Williamson, said the As I Age chalkboard hoped to inspire locals to share their thoughts on getting older.

Cr Williamson said the As I Age wall was a joint project between Clarence Valley Council and Feros Care with the intention of igniting thought and conversation about getting older.

"We want the whole community to start talking about aging, and to break down negative stereotypes, and to prove that life doesn't stop at 70," he said.

Feros Care chief executive officer Jennene Buckley said this local community project followed the overwhelming success of Feros Care's roadshow last year that had and over-sized As I Age chalkboard (two metres high by 10 metres long), appear at various national writers festivals.

"We had overwhelming feedback from people wanting to be part of the As I Age conversation so we decided to partner with local councils including the Clarence Valley Council," Ms Buckley said.

"The As I Age wall has been one of the biggest and most provocative community campaigns Feros has ever done," she said.

"We work hard to constantly challenge the perceptions and stereotypes of aging.

"The As I Age installation in the Clarence is impossible to ignore, as is ageing."

Cr Williamson said there was no better time than Seniors Week to celebrate and talk about ageing.

"I urge everyone to help get the conversation started, get involved, have some fun, and chalk their comments on the Wall."

The As I Age chalkboard was at South Grafton Ex-Services Club Seniors Expo on April 1 and is at the Yamba Expo at Yamba Bowling Club today (April 4) and at the Active & Outrageous Fun Day in Market Square, Grafton, on April 9.

Comments people wrote last year included:

  • I will look in the mirror at my lines and be grateful for every one of them;
  • I want to let go of my fears and inhibitions, and live the life of my dreams;
  • I do not giggle with a full bladder.


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