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CANCELLED: Maintaining Connection: Building and sustaining older people from diverse backgrounds (Residential/Retirement Living)
March 22, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm$145.00 – $170.00
Due to unforeseen circumstance this session has been cancelled.
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“Great tips on understanding loneliness and ways to identify cause and offer support.” – Judy Bagg; Volunteer, Tailem Bend Community Centre
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 connection 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 in enabling older people to maintain optimal health and a greater sense of well-being.
Frontline staff, nurses, and volunteers play a key role in the identification, planning, and implementation of interventions to address social disconnection and loneliness.
This 90 min interactive workshop is designed to give the residential and retirement living workforce the knowledge and tools to better understand their ageing resident, communicate effectively, connect and build a therapeutic relationship, identify risk behaviours and develop personalized interventions to facilitate healing, meaningful connection, and engagement.
Participants will have access to a toolkit of supporting materials and resources for ongoing personal reflection and development.
- Understand the impact of social connection on the ageing mind and body.
- Learn to identify distinct types of loneliness and contributing behaviours associated with trauma and cognitive decline that lead to social isolation and loneliness.
- Utilise tools to identify social disconnection.
- Effectively use the ‘Village Model’ to develop and tailor personalized interventions that will enable residents to build meaningful connection, and engage in health and well-being activities
Target Audience: Frontline staff, nurses and volunteers working in residential and retirement living