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Maintaining Connection: Building and sustaining older people from diverse backgrounds (CHSP/Home Care)


February 14, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Other Time Zones:
2.00pm – 3.30pm  (NSW, ACT, TAS, VIC)
1.30pm – 3.00pm (SA)
1.00pm – 2.30pm  (QLD)
12.30pm – 2.00pm (NT)
11.00am – 12.30pm (WA)
$30.00 – $105.00
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Tanya is a social Gerontologist with over 20yrs experience working in the aged and community care sector. She is passionate and driven in her vocation to better understand the complexities of the ageing mind and body and enjoys sharing her wealth of knowledge.
Over the years Tanya has developed various strategies and creative interventions to enable older people with complex health issues, challenging behaviours, at risk of hospital re-admission and social isolation to thrive. She loves being the go-to person for the management of complex cases and takes great pride in seeing her clients’ overcome challenges and setbacks.
Tanya is a great believer in the power of community to address the myriad of challenges faced by our older cohort and is on a mission to empower people and communities to re-imagine ageing and embrace the possibilities.
She holds a Masters in Gerontology and is the Director of IAgewell. Her company publishes the Lifestyle 55+ magazine, runs senior expos, delivers community education on various health related topics, organizes health retreats and provides private case management services. Tanya established the Sunshine Coast Senior Leadership Awards to recognize and encourage seniors to become the voice of change in their community. She is a former COTA Queensland peer educator and board member of Volunteering Sunshine Coast (VSC). Tanya is a member of the Healthy Ageing Partnership and is currently working with the Sunshine Coast Council & local service providers to make the Sunshine Coast Australia’s most age friendly community.

February 14, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

$30.00 – $105.00
Maintaining Connection: How to build and sustain meaningful connections with older people from diverse backgrounds to improve health and well-being outcomes.   Humans are hardwired to connect with one another, and this connection affects our health. Research shows that when older people lack social connections or report frequent feelings of loneliness, they tend to suffer higher rates of morbidity and mortality, are prone to infection, depression, and cognitive decline. Meaningful connection is therefore a vital component to enable older people to maintain optimal health and a greater sense of well-being. Frontline staff and volunteers in the home and community care sector play a key role in identifying social disconnection and implementing strategies to help combat perceived loneliness and social isolation faced by care recipients. This 90min interactive workshop will provide frontline staff and volunteers, with the knowledge and tools to improve care outcomes for older people at risk of social isolation and loneliness. Participants will also have access to a toolkit of supporting materials and resources for ongoing personal reflection and development.   Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand the impact of social connection on the ageing mind and body.
  • Identify the different types of loneliness and strategies to overcome it.
  • Utilise tools to identify social disconnection.
  • Apply practical strategies to engage care recipients and their families to become more socially connected.
  • Effectively use the ‘Village Model’ to enable care recipients’ to build meaningful connections and maintain wellness
  Target Audience: Frontline staff and volunteers working within CHSP and home care settings       Disclaimer: CHSP Ticket price subsided by SA and NSW Sector Support and Development (SSD) funded by the Australian Department of Health. Although funding for this session has been provided by the Australian Government, the material contained herein does not necessarily represent the views or policies of the Australian Government.


Online via Zoom
Tickets are 1 per person. A Reminder email will be sent to registered participants 1-2 days prior to the session including the zoom link and any handouts.
Please note that an essential requirement is that all participants gain access to a PC and/or iPad or mobile device, and use a headphone set, although they do not need to be in the same location. Training rooms without personal headphones can result in feedback which may impede training delivery and reduce participant enjoyment. Headphones do not need to be expensive units, and many people have their own personal headphones /mic that they use with their smart phones, which will be suitable plugged into the computer unit if this is your choice of set up,


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