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Not ready yet! I’m 69 and still loving my job as a Teacher Aide and when asked are you coming back next year I smile. 

I’m the oldest person at my school, blessed with good health and having experienced some personal life challenges I’m able to deal with busy and sometimes complex school life. I’ve even worked with past students who are now teachers at the school. 

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Ageism can present in different ways, and many Australians have been affected.

To better our understanding of how ageism is occurring, and to show the impacts of ageism to the community, we're asking for your story about your experience with ageism. Story-telling is one of the most powerful ways that we can tackle ageism in Australia.

Not ready yet! I’m 69 and still loving my job as a Teacher Aide and when asked are you coming back next year I smile. 

I’m the oldest person at my school, blessed with good health and having experienced some personal life challenges I’m able to deal with busy and sometimes complex school life. I’ve even worked with past students who are now teachers at the school. 

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I am 72 years old and have worked from the age of 15 years. Last year, at work, (in Aged Care), I tripped and damaged my knee. First up, the insurance company really made getting help for this almost impossible. They claimed it was my age that caused the damage, would not pay me or agree to surgery. I escalated this and it was eventually settled.

 

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At 50, while in a blended family with 3 children, 3 stepchildren and husband, I decided to study medicine- my lifetime goal was to work in palliative care. I suffered no ageism from the 24-30 year olds I studied with, nor professors. The ageism came from people of my OWN age and older.

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