The Office for Ageing Well Tackling Ageism Award 2023 has been presented to Kalyra Woodcroft Aged Care, operating in Belair, in recognition of its intergenerational partnership with the Southern Montessori Middle School, co-located on its grounds.

In an Australian first, the project has seen residents and students join together in activities including reading, cooking, music and using technology.

The partnership has helped to break down stereotypes and misconceptions surrounding age, while promoting friendship, intergenerational learning, and community.

The finalists shortlisted for the 2023 award included Fatma Mahmoud, Meals on Wheels SA and Noarlunga Downs Primary School.

The annual award recognises an individual, community group, or organisation that understands the pervasive nature of ageism and is taking action to challenge it and better promote the value of older people and ageing well.

It is open to those who can demonstrate tangible actions to confront and overcome discrimination against older South Australians.

Tackling Ageism is an Enabling Factor of South Australia’s Plan for Ageing Well 2020-2025.

The Office for Ageing Well Tackling Ageism Award 2023 was presented on Friday 10 November at the South Australian Community Achievement Awards.

Office for Ageing Well has offered the Tackling Ageism Award since 2020.