David - Ageing Reframed Series
"I was told that at my age, I could no longer aspire for a permanent teaching position at that University."
One of the biggest benefits of older workers is the wealth of life experience they bring to the table. This experience often translates into better decision making, a strong work ethic, and a deep understanding of the industry in which they work.
It is important for organisations to value the contributions of all employees, regardless of their age. This can lead to a more dynamic and well-rounded workplace, where the diverse experiences and perspectives of all employees are valued and utilized. Older employees can bring a unique set of skills and experiences that can help drive the success of an organization. By not valuing these contributions, organisations risk missing out on the benefits that older employees can bring.
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Pictures have the power to tell a story, and changing the picture can change the story. Positive ageing advocate and So50 founder, Magno Barros, uses his unique blend of photography
and AI to challenge traditional views of ageing.
Magno's images showcase the beauty and strength of older adults, instead of perpetuating negative stereotypes of frailty and decline. His subjects are depicted as proud, confident,
and independent, with their maturity – such as grey hair and wrinkles – accentuated and celebrated. The jewellery they wear symbolises the wealth of knowledge and wisdom they have gained through life experience.
By embracing technology, Magno sets an example of how it is never too late to take on new challenges and experiences. At 56 years old, he is a testament to the idea that age is
just a number and that it is possible to continue growing and evolving, no matter what our birth certificate may say.