Patrick - Stories from the image library
Patrick is 73 and a retired teacher. Here he talks about his experience of being photographed for our Age-positive image library.
“Doing the photoshoot for the image library was a very enjoyable experience. It was made even more special by having the photos taken with my long-standing friend David: firstly, in our line dancing outfits, and then in everyday gear, chatting, having afternoon tea and using a computer.
“It’s important that older people are seen to be healthy, active, and still useful members of society. It’s particularly important that members of the LGBTQ+ community are seen in this way, and not just a minority group with no significant role to play in society, especially when we’re older.
“I would like to see more of a variety of interests and activities represented in the image library photos. For example, in addition to being a line dancer, I'm in a walking group, play badminton, as well as a great traveller all over the world.
Getting older has its negatives, but a lot of positives too. It is a natural part of the life cycle, and it doesn't worry me.
“Getting older has its negatives, but a lot of positives too. It is a natural part of the life cycle, and it doesn't worry me. I'm 73, a big number, but still young in my attitude to life. “I am lucky enough to own my own place, am comfortable financially, and enjoy life. The one thing I personally don't want to happen in future years is to end up in a care home, where I might have to 'go back in the closet’. I value my independence and will do my best to ensure that doesn't happen.
“While the aches and pains occur more frequently, and last longer, I try to keep myself fit and healthy and involved in many social groups, which is so important.”