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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
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)
$145.00 – $170.00
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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.

March 22, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

$145.00 – $170.00
Due to unforeseen circumstance this session has been cancelled.
If you are interested in this session please enquire here.



“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.  


Learning Outcomes:

  • 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



Due to unforeseen circumstance this session has been cancelled.
If you are interested in this session please enquire here.


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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