Ellie - Ageing Reframed Series
"My children told me it would be ridiculous to start dating again at 70...
Prejudice and ageism are harmful and unjust, they prevent people from feeling free to express themselves, explore their desires and make their own choices. Society should acknowledge that love and companionship are universal human needs, and older women should not be denied the opportunity to experience them. It is important to recognise that age should not be a determining factor in the ability to form relationships, and to not judge or stereotype older women based on their age.
It is also important to note that older adult women also have the right to make their own choices and should not be judged or pressured to conform to societal expectations. They should have the freedom to make their own decisions about their relationships and their lives. Everyone has the right to love and be loved, and it's time for society to acknowledge and respect that for older women too. We should embrace the diversity of human experience, and acknowledge that love and happiness knows no age limits.
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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.