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'Celebration of Life' Seniors Dance in Northcote


The Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing recently teamed up with the Brotherhood of St Laurence to organise the much-anticipated ‘Celebration of Life’ dance for aged care residents across Melbourne.

The theme for the event was cultural diversity, and provided an opportunity for all to recognise and celebrate the diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds that exist in the community. Held at the Northcote Town Hall, around 250 residents, staff and their carers from over 10 aged care facilities, along with students from St Kevin’s College and Cambridge International College enjoyed a lively afternoon of dancing, refreshments and special Bollywood and vocal performances.

The Mayor of Darebin City Council Tim Laurence opened the event, and even got involved in some dancing. Father Bob Maguire was also in attendance and made an entertaining speech to guests.

Celebration of Life dances are designed to promote social inclusion and positive ageing, and provide an opportunity for people to make new friends. The events are coordinated by Paul Brophy of the Brotherhood of St Laurence, and are always a huge success amongst residents.

We would like to sincerely thank Darebin City Council who provided funding to make the dance possible and of course all the wonderful volunteers who contributed to making the event a great success.

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Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing acknowledges and pays respect to the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, on whose land this website was developed. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their ancestors and elders, both past and present and acknowledge their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We hope our work contributes to the wider project of respect and recognition between cultures in Australia. Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing receives project funding from the Australian Department of Health to administer the Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care (PICAC) program in Victoria.


Did you know?

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36% of people aged 65 years and over in Australia were born overseas
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1 in 3 people in aged care services were born overseas
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In 2016 the median age of Australian-born people was 34 years compared to 59 years for Europe-born people