‘Life Flip’ is the exploration of what our life will look like as contributing and valuable citizens in our later years ie past the 60+ of typical retirement.
It is a specific project chartered under the banner of the Unearthing Ideas UniSA project work by Ron Corso and Charlie-Helen Robinson.
Acknowledgement | Awareness | Adaptation | Acceptance
From WIKI: Old age refers to ages nearing or surpassing the life expectancy of human beings, and is thus the end of the human life cycle. Euphemisms and terms for old people include, old people (worldwide usage), seniors (American usage), senior citizens (British and American usage), older adults (in the social sciences), the elderly, and elders (in many cultures —including the cultures of aboriginal people). (LINK)
We have used it for our “Oldies Media Aware Study” however it’s also bantered around frequently in a more negative context. So, let’s discuss;
- We’ve acknowledged there’s a problem.
- Meaning, we are in a stage of awareness.
With any change, there is a period of front runners – in online and technology land we call them the “early adopters“. however please consider the current awareness media campaigns such as the “Elder Awareness Abuse” and Aged and Community Services Australia‘s “Old Frail and Invisible” messaging as notable examples.
- To move from this, we need to examine how we can adapt our own mind and our collective hearts to action what we know to be good.
- It is through this, we will reach a stage of acceptance which will become the norm.
It’s known as the A Team and it’s coming to a life near you…
Life as we wish to know it. Because everyone has a right. Everyone is an individual with needs, wants and desires which are not questioned, and which are valued. A life where there are no rules to when and how you progress your life; whether it be to retire at 50 – or 20 – or 80 – or 100 – no matter, it is your choice because that’s just “how you roll“.
People like those who are presented within this following article help. They are defying a stereotypical view of how “aged” should be, taking the regular punters mind to a place of acceptance in one leap. http://www.boredpanda.com/senior-citizen-ageing-stereotypes-age-of-happiness-vladimir-yakovlev/
But, it takes more than one story, more than one article, one moment to change a society’s opinions. It needs to be ensconced into every day life by everyone around you. Built in. Maybe with a few rules and guidelines so you know what you’re doing even.
It takes courage and conversation… a few challenges and some cheer. So, we are back to the C’s where Charlie will certainly help.
Let’s all have a CAN DO ATTITUDE.
Unearthing Ideas challenges everyone to engage in the exploration and creation of ideas on a number of issues and topics that people can respond to, share and evolve.
In this instance we are encouraging conversation around the concept of “life beyond the typical”. The Life Flip.
Our conversation is online; you can join in here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/lifeflip/