In this workshop, Suzanne Noble and Rose Rouse, the co-founders of Advantages of Age will discuss the taboos of getting older for both men and women. Invisibility, sexuality, death, accepting the age we are. Participants will be invited to explore their own taboos. It will be fun as well as useful. The aim is to free ourselves from those societal restraints by opening up these areas!
Suzanne Noble - the co-founder of Advantages of Age, a social enterprise created to challenge the media narrative around ageing. Established in London, UK, Suzanne and Rose host events for those over 50+, a Business Academy to help support older people in starting their own business and the AofA website is regularly referenced by psychotherapists as a source of inspirational content around ageing. Our Facebook group of 3k+ members is very active and a place for our members to share stories and support each other. Aside from AofA, Suzanne runs a company called Frugl, a website that helps people find great deals, local offers and events from a range of partners including Groupon, Living Social, Wowcher, Travelzoo and many others.
Rose Rouse - the co-founder of Advantages of Age, a social enterprise, an online magazine – www.advantagesofage.com, and a FB group that started to challenge the media stereotypes around ageing. "We are the punks of getting older. I am 65."
Last year, Rose and Suzanne received an ACE award made a film Death Dinner where 12 of them, including a soul midwife and an academic who specializes in death rituals, talked in an open way about death and dying. They also held an evening of performances around the taboos of getting older, in other words, sex and death; and finally organized a Flamboyant Forever bus with 80 people over 50 dressed up in the wildest of non-fashion. Rose had a poetry pamphlet published in 2017 called Tantric Goddess, and is currently writing her fifth non-fiction book unsung London which is a series of walks with all sorts of film-makers, singers, artists to uncover the ‘uncool’ parts of the city.