The Office for Ageing Well Tackling Ageism Award 2022 has been presented to the Australian Refugee Association (ARA) for its Zimala Project that has supported more than 100 men aged 50 and over with Syrian, Afghani, Hazara, Pashtun, and African refugee and migrant backgrounds to stay active and engaged in the community through cultural and social experiences and support.

The annual 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.

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

Office for Ageing Well has offered the Tackling Ageism Award for three years, with 22 nominations in 2022, 22 people in 2021 and 19 in 2020.

Ms Cassie Mason, Acting Executive Director of Office for Ageing Well, presented the 2022 Tackling Ageism Award to ARA at the South Australian Community Achievement Awards on 2 December.

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

See the Winner of Tackling Ageism Award media release.