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101-year-old tackling ageism using #ElderWisdom bench

#ElderWisdom is a social awareness campaign where young people and senior citizens sit on a green bench and take turns sharing their knowledge with the hope of chipping away at ageism.

Dorothy Harrison came to Windsor in 1974

Dorothy Harrison was born in 1917 and came to Windsor, Ont. in 1974. (Arms Bumanlag/CBC)

"Be kind, be happy, help your neighbour and love people."

Those are the words of 101-year-old Dorothy Harrison who is one of dozens of people from long-term care homes in Windsor-Essex taking part in a social awareness campaign called #ElderWisdom.

It's a tour through 15 Ontario cities, where young people and senior citizens sit together on a green bench and take turns sharing their knowledge with the hope of chipping away at ageism.

An effort to change

Harrison, who came to Windsor in 1974, said she has noticed a major change in how the older generation is viewed.

"I think the younger people are trying to change. This is what I've noticed from the ones I've interviewed," she said.

The #ElderWisdom bench stopped in Windsor on Friday. Take a look at some of the unique conversations:

#ElderWisdom is a social awareness campaign where young people and senior citizens sit on a green bench and take turns sharing their knowledge with the hope of chipping away at ageism. 1:18

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