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Nominate an outstanding older person!

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HelpAge Tue 23-Oct-12 12:02:28

We at HelpAge International, together with the United Nations Population Fund, are running a competition to find outstanding and inspirational people aged 60+.

The competition is called 60 over 60 and the aim is to compile a unique list of 60 older people who have inspired many with their achievements. These will be judged by a panel and the winner announced in the international media in January 2013.

Our list of inspirational people will prove that age is not a barrier to success and will recognise the contributions made by older people. By celebrating ageing, we hope it will help generate debate to redefine old age and promote a positive attitude towards the growing number of people over the age of 60. We want to shift the negative mind-set and perceptions often associated with old age.

The competition is free to enter and open to everyone. You can nominate anyone you like – from Nelson Mandela to your next-door neighbour.

More information can be found here:

We'd love to hear your stories.

Feel free to post here in this discussion thread (but don't forget to nominate them through the website too!)

gracesmum Tue 23-Oct-12 17:15:37

Apart from me?grin

absentgrana Tue 23-Oct-12 18:09:38

I should very much like to see a change to the "negative mind-set and perceptions often associated with old age". However, I am not sure that a separate celebration of inspiring old people will achieve this; possibly it wiil be a celebratory ghetto that is easily ignored. Moreover, I am not bonkers about 60 being the starting point for old age.

crimson Tue 23-Oct-12 18:23:38

A bit depressing. Smacks of 'aren't they doing well in spite of being over the top'. I guess that's why I found 60 a horrible birthday sad.

worlie Fri 05-Apr-13 16:29:27

heh im 80 going on 40 and age really is just what you make of it, guess Im lucky reasonably fit and healthy even though a bit bored trying to find things to do or clubs etc to join, dont seem to fit in with my age group because they dont seem to want to do anything, I bought a bungalow on a retirement complex supposedly for the over 55s but maybe they should have said over 65s as most people are in 70s but when I tried to get them interested in short breaks etc the only response i got was "oh no we`re too old "just cant understand it Im ready to go at the drop of a hat so Im off to Malta next week (alone)just for a break, yippee smile