Successful Ageing Respectful Caring

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Workshop Outline

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If you are caring for someone who is ageing, or ageing yourself, and are keen to understand what it means to age successfully and care respectfully, then this workshop is for you.

Dispel myths about ageing, navigate the aged care accommodation options, gain an understanding of the psychological factors that enhance successful ageing, such as adaptability, optimism and resilience, and build a toolbox of knowledge and skills that will enhance your relationships, especially the one between the aging person and the carer.

The 2 hour workshop will cover the following areas:

Myths about Ageing - By dispelling myths about ageing, participants will be able to appraise the ageing process with a fresh set of eyes.

Aged care options – Navigate the options for aged care accommodation with ease and gain a thorough understanding of the different options: living at home, a retirement village, a hostel and a nursing home.

Psychological Factors – Research shows that older people who have three personal characteristics, being adaptability, optimism, and resilience, are more likely to age successfully.

Each of these personal characteristics will be explored fully by tapping into relevant research, fictional stories and real experience.

Relationships – For many older people, relationships provide a connectedness to the world, a sense of purpose and a source of happiness, but in some situations, they are also the bane of their existence, rich in anger and angst, devoid of love and are hence, very unhealthy. This module will provide an opportunity to tell your story, resolve old issues, and go away equipped with knowledge and skills to nurture healthy respectful relationships, especially with the carer.

Participants will receive a workbook with the content of the workshop as well as tip sheets on topics, such as caring for the carer, grand parenting, communicating love, driving, dealing with grief, caring from a distance, safety, eating, hygiene, and much more.

A useful list of telephone numbers and websites on ageing and caring will also be included. In addition, a list of books on topics relevant to ageing and caring will also be included.

Mentoring for an ageing workforce

Over 25% of the population in Australia will be over the age of 60 in the next 10 years. An ageing workforce brings unique challenges and opportunities for organisations. One of the opportunities is to establish an Alumni so that employees transitioning to retirement can maintain their connectivity with the organisation through involvement in a mentor program. This has organisational benefits as organisations can retain valued employees on flexible work arrangements who have attained an expert knowledge base and extensive experience from years in the business. It also has unique personal benefits for the individuals who have the opportunity to continue employment flexibly whilst attending to other needs – family time, travel, “the bucket list”, care responsibilities and so forth.

Expected Learning Outcomes:

•              Distinguish mentoring from coaching and training

•              Describe different purposes for mentoring programs

•              Identify the mentoring models

•              Describe effective mentoring

•              Distinguish the qualities of a good mentor

•              Determine what makes a good mentee

•              Identify the stages in a mentoring relationship

•              Identify the code of ethics

•              Understand the process for matching mentors and mentees

•              Identify the pitfalls of mentoring partnerships


The program is a comprehensive tool. It includes:

•              Information about mentoring, and about structured mentoring programs;

•              A process for determining the goals and objectives of mentoring in your organisation;

•              Consulting support for the coordinator of the program to plan, implement and evaluate mentoring;

•              Comprehensive training for both mentors and mentees, to build their skills and understanding to make the most of the mentoring relationship;

•              Assistance in matching of mentoring partners and coordinating and monitoring progress.