News: Age Positive Week and Gwanwyn Community Grant Scheme

Posted Thursday, October 17th, 2019

At the beginning of October, Gwanwyn celebrated Age Positive Week with our Age Positive book recommendations and by launching the Gwanwyn Community Grant Scheme.

In case Age Positive Week passed you by, we thought we’d share all of the book recommendations chosen by Age Cymru staff below. So many wonderful books have been written that have inspired our work and promote a positive attitude toward ageing, but these recommendations are our particular favourites!


How to Age by Anne Karpf

‘A brilliant, informative guide to ageing and the pitfalls of ageism. A great place to start if you’re interested in positive ageing!’ – Sarah Lord, cARTrefu Project Coordinator


The Warmth of the Heart Prevents Your Body From Rusting by Marie de Hennzel

‘This diverse range of voices and experiences creates a really rich tapestry of what ageing can mean for different people. Full of joie de vivre which is the point of it really!’ – Kelly Barr, Arts & Creativity Programme Manager


Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

‘Gawande brings the human and the humour to his medical perspective on ageing. He considers our well-being and quality of life in our later years. A real treat.’ – Angharad Phillips, Health Initiatives Officer


The Long History of Old Age by Pat Thane

‘Recommended by the Baring Foundation, this is a rich, visual guide to the way that ageing has been approached by artists, thinkers and writers throughout history. It is THE book on creative ageing.’ – Kelly Barr, Arts & Creativity Programme Manager


This Chair Rocks; a Manifesto Against Ageism by Ashton Applewhite

‘This book is energetic and impassioned. It’s brilliantly written; a series of essays about how we can, and should, change our attitudes to ageing to make the world better for everyone.’ – Kelly Barr, Arts & Creativity Programme Manager


And if you missed the Gwanwyn Community Grant Scheme launch, where you can apply for up to £500 to run creative events of older people as part of the Gwanwyn Festival in May, just click here to find out more. Deadline Friday 6 December.