Promoting Resilience in Older People

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COVID times has been especially challenging for older people and their families. As the risk for severe illness with COVID 19 increases with age, older adults are at highest risk. Extra precautionary isolation and restrictions to connect to others, like family members has been recommended and hence families are disconnected and many people are experiencing separation anxiety. 2020 especially has been a challenging year in Residential Aged Care. However, in tough times resilience is also born or rekindled. What are the factors that engage reliance in older people and why are some people ageing with a great sense of freedom and others with a sense of despair? Is it just a matter of attitude? What does the current research say about ageing with resilience? Evidence suggests that emotional wellbeing generally increases with age unless the older person is experiencing some major health issue or disadvantage (Centre for Mental Health 2018). Depression and suicide rates for people over 80 are alarming with males over 80 having the highest suicide rate out of the total Australian population. This course will address these issues and provide opportunities to explore what makes older people resilient. This course is based on a “strength based” approach. Strategies will be identified and experienced that will promote a culture of resilience as you provide support for older people and their families. Beate will also refer to her book called “Tech-connect – Staying Meaningfully Connected in Aged Care’ as a strategy to promote resilience in older people.

Beate will share her extensive knowledge, clinical experience and practical approaches and methods throughout the day including the Tech – Connect – Staying Meaningfully Connected in Aged Care program that she developed and her Master’s research on Mindful Meditation Groups in Residential Care and its relevance to Wellbeing and Spiritual Growth.

Learning objectives of this training:

  1. Recognise the differing ways older people and their families have responded to the restrictions of COVID 19.
  2. Identify the impact of the ageing process and health challenges.
  3. Examine the constant challenges of living with change and loss.
  4. Develop strategies of how to connect with older people who are withdrawing through their depression.
  5. Explore what make an older person resilient to life’s challenges.
  6. Discuss strategies which encourage and promote personal, familial Interpersonal and societal resilience in older people.
  7. Learn strategies that will allow your clients to recognise their strength and also know what they can and can’t change.

h3. How will you benefit from attending this training? Develop a comprehensive understanding of the challenges that come with ageing in the context of COVID 19. Learn how to apply strategies that promote resilience and draw upon strengths in the elderly. Acquire broad and insightful perspectives on change and loss in later life.