South Australian College of Advanced Education graduation address
MetadataShow full item record
The most common set of stereotypes was that older people were almost universally debilitated and depressed, daggy and despicable, daft and dejected, demented and dotty. It was commonly assumed that before long our society would be swamped by a geriatric tidal wave. We know that that is demonstrably not so. It is a devious distortion. The Act of Parliament under which I work requires me "to achieve proper integration of the ageing within the total community" and to do so requires a flow of education and information - the development of a rigorous data base for planning and the injection of some commonsense into our general societal attitudes. We like to think that through our Office we are turning community attitudes around and dispelling many of the inappropriate myths and stereotypes.
Speech given at the South Australian College of Advanced Education graduation ceremony, Festival Theatre, Adelaide, 28th June 1989, by Adam Graycar, Commissioner for the Ageing, Adelaide, South Australia. This speech is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/