Aged care provider Uniting NSW.ACT has launched a new podcast that aims to celebrate ageing while challenging the stigma of growing older in Australia.

The Oldie Goodie podcast series features television host Nicky Buckley, clinical psychologist Melissa Levi and weekly special guests for a “deep dive into ageing”.

“The Oldie Goodie podcast series will make people think, celebrate ageing and perhaps learn something they didn’t know,” said Uniting’s director of ageing Saviour Buhagiar. “This podcast doesn’t shy away from asking difficult questions and is a must-listen for people of all ages.”

Exploring subjects such as food, nutrition, love, relationships, sex – and even death – the series is “designed to help Australians understand and appreciate the benefits of growing older”.

The first episode – available now – features Neighbours actor Ian Smith, who played Harold Bishop on the show, talking about his life and acting career. Photographer-turned-musician Richard Crawley is the guest of the second episode. Among other matters, Crawley explains why it’s important to retain a zest for life in retirement.

Other episodes include:

  • Dr Tim Crow who offers advice on how to live well and how to live longer
  • Dr Sarah Winch who explains what we can learn from different cultures’ interpretations of death
  • sexologist Chantelle Otten who discusses finding meaning in love and intimacy in your 70s, 80s and beyond.

Mr Buckley said he hoped the podcasts would raise the confidence levels of older Australians. “Self-esteem is important for us all, no matter what stage of life we are at.”

The Oldie Goodie podcast series is available online now and will be on all major podcast channels from 29 March.

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