As we grow older, how we express our identities shifts as a result of mental and physical limitations, along with our response to the way society expects us to age.
LivingProof, an exhibition at the SAHMRI running as part of the Adelaide Italian Festival, shares the stories of 10 residents, consumers, family members, staff and volunteers of Bene Aged Care.
In the succinct words of writer Rosa Matto: “If we ignore our storytellers we are lost.” Rosa’s beautifully penned words, complemented by the poignant photography of Italo Vardaro, offer a window into the often over-looked moments of joy, beauty and life-affirming experiences in ageing.
From the 30-something chef Roberta who has found herself at home among older people and strives to bring joy to her diners with every meal to the 106-year old Winifred whose favourite invention is the Kindle, LivingProof uncovers an unquestionable sense of identity and a rich tapestry of relationships among our older people and those who care for them.
Co-presented by the SAHMRI, LivingProof also explores some of the lifestyle factors that influence lifelong health in panel discussions on The Do’s and Don’ts of Healthy Ageing and Dining, Dignity and Health. Leading SAHMRI researchers Associate Professor Leonie Heilbronn, Dr Tim Sargeant, Associate Professor Gillian Caughey and Professor Geraint Rogers will feature alongside Professor John Coveney of the International Research Collective on Food Culture and Health, and food personalities Maggie Beer and Rosa Matto.