How often do you hear older people referred to as a burden?
Stereotypes about ageing are powerful and they can easily dictate the way we think and respond.
At Third Age Solutions I am pleased to become an Age Concern Dignity Champion, helping NZ to become a more inclusive society, and change attitudes and behaviours that devalue older people.
I encourage you to also become an Age concern Dignity Champion.
As a Champion, I pledge to:
* Reject stereotypes and focus on the uniqueness of every individual
* Speak up when I hear people speaking negatively about growing old
* Have the courage to question practices I feel are disrespectful to older people
* Not patronise older people
* Be patient, polite and friendly
* Have zero tolerance for abuse or neglect
* Be a relationship builder - to combat isolation and loneliness by better getting to know older people that I come into contact with.
Technically it is not a Feathered Friend but this a lovely pic from Rosa Marie after her recent visit to Zealandia. Weta used to be much more common, when was the last time you saw a weta in your garden?
This week we feature Siam the klepto-cat. Not sure where Siam lives but the submission made by Sine Goldfinch was to good to ignore.
"Siam came in my cat door six years ago with this sponge in his mouth and dropped it at my feet as a gift for me. His owner gave him to me because he just refused to go and six years on, he still brings the same sponge to me every night. I'm pretty sure it is the equivalent of roses in his mind."
Remember if you want your pet featured on Neighbourly, email us on email@example.com with a recent photo. Please remember to say what suburb you live in.
This should be pretty easy.