Alison Timbery is a Bidgigal woman. Her family has lived in La Perouse all their lives. Alison has worked as a Research Assistant on the Koori Growing Old Well Study (KGOWS-II) since 2016 with Kylie Radford. Before working at NeuRA, she was a hairdresser for over 30 years. Alison is interested in finding out why Aboriginal people are at an elevated risk of getting dementia.
The project, Sharing the Wisdom of Our Elders, comes in response to research highlighting the limited awareness of ageing and dementia across Aboriginal communities and requests from partnering communities (as part of the Koori Growing Old Well Study) for a strengths-focused and Aboriginal specific teaching resource to increase community knowledge of dementia prevention. This project acknowledges the central role that Elders have in the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal Communities, and the role that art has in representing their stories and traditions.
This project is funded by The Lowitja Institute (2018-2019), and focuses on the theme of Strong Elders and responds to the question: “what is good and healthy ageing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people?” In the Koori Growing Old Well Study, participants were asked to described what they have learnt, throughout their lifetime and diverse experiences, is important for growing old well. This project will represent the responses of Elders in artwork and stories.