Director of kubia - Centre of Competence for Creative Ageing and Inclusive Arts
Amongst all of the questions that resonate with you about aging and growing old, which one seems the most essential for you that you would like to share ? Ageing is not going to the past, but to the future. Sadly, images of ageing are still very stereotyped despite of the heterogeneity of old age around us. Older people are often regarded exclusively as reservoirs of memories, experiences and traditions. Their potential contribution to the present and to the future is overlooked. This perception makes older people often believe that they are not able and worth to bring something new to the fore. The most essential for me is therefore that we give older people the opportunity to contribute by securing their autonomy, self-determination and active partipation in social and cultural life and that we give space for a lively intergenerational dialogue.
From your own experiences, tell us about a significant moment or event in your personal or professional life that shaped your perspective around aging.
Due to my professional occupation with the topic of creative ageing during the last 15 years I have met lots of very inspiring older professional and amateur artists who are contributing with their art to creatively reshape the image of ageing and deeply surprise us with their imagination, energy and resilience. It is never too late to begin!