LUCY - Ageing Reframed Series
"I never liked when people said I didn't look my age"
The belief that "You don't look old" is a compliment is widespread, but in actuality, it can be hurtful and insensitive. This phrase reinforces the notion that ageing is a negative thing and perpetuates the idea that we should strive to be masters of time, defying its effects and remaining youthful. In doing so, it reinforces ageist attitudes and perpetuates harmful stereotypes about ageing.
Remember that everyone ages differently and there is no right or wrong way to look as we get older. Some people may show signs of ageing earlier, while others may have a more youthful appearance well into their golden years.
Regardless of how we look, what's most important is that we are healthy and happy. So, let's embrace the diversity of ageing. Whether you are in your 20s, 40s, or 80s, it's never too late to start living your best life and celebrating the unique experiences that come with each year.
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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.