The annual Office for Ageing Well Tackling Ageism Award, part of the South Australian Community Achievement Awards, 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.

The award is open to those who can demonstrate tangible actions to confront and overcome discrimination against older South Australians. Government organisations and programs are not eligible to apply.

It is the third year Office for Ageing Well has offered the Tackling Ageism Award with 22 people nominating in 2021 and 19 in 2020.

Last year’s winner was Adelaide researcher and clinician Unyime Jasper, honoured for his efforts to overcome the disempowerment of older people in hospital. He worked to change the perceptions of clinicians that it is normal for older patients to be inactive there and to modify the views of older people themselves.

In 2020 Kerry Jones won the inaugural award for leading The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) strategic portfolio where she played a key role in developing programs designed to reimagine the future of ageing well.

Individuals, community groups and non-profit organisations actively working to challenge ageism and highlight the value of older people and ageing well are encouraged to apply for the 2022 award.

Nominations for the Community Achievement Awards close on Thursday 25 August and they will be presented in Adelaide in December.

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