This exciting event in the beautiful town of Stellenbosch brought from all over South Africa, and from across the globe, thought leaders alongside engaged and enthusiastic academics and researchers, practitioners, professionals, care partners and community-minded citizens to learn together and to build a sense of community.
Delegates enjoyed an opportunity to share knowledge, tell stories and hear stories from others, as well as network to build new relationships.This Festival was much more than a traditional conference.
Delegates from 12 countries gathered (7-10 October) to celebrate ageing through music, art, theatre and a full and vibrant academic programme. The venue was yarnbombed with knitting from residents in care homes around South Africa. They knitted almost 2kms in bright colours to celebrate the richness of ageing. Carers were honoured for their being “worldmakers” for those they care for.
A stimulating academic programme covered difficult to talk about topics such as assisted dying, and sexuality in old age, as well as new perspectives on wellness, dementia, eldering and research. It brought together global bodies – IAHSA, CommonAge and Help Age International in a collaborative setting.
To those who came, thank you for joining us in a South African national and international collaboration of people and organisations as we celebrated together the richness of ageing in all its forms. I hope you had fun, made new friends, and soaked up all this Festival had to offer! It is hoped you were enriched by the experience!
To those who weren’t there,
start planning to be there in 2016!
- Margie van Zyl Chapman
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