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NARI PD workshop: Strategies for tackling loneliness in aged care

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Over the past two years, there have been continued reports on the intense loneliness and social isolation many older people are experiencing in aged care, exacerbated by the global pandemic.

According to the Australian Psychology Society, one in four people experienced an episode of loneliness, and one in two reported feeling lonely at least once a week.

Back by popular demand — next Tuesday (July 26, 9.30am to 12pm), the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) will host a half-day workshop on strategies for tackling loneliness in aged care.

The workshop will hear from experts in the field, and foster insightful conversation with aged care workers, aimed at developing and providing strategies to support emotional wellbeing in older people.

NARI is Australia’s only independent national research institute dedicated to ageing and is committed to improving the life and health of older people through research and its translation into evidence-based practice.

The workshop will draw on experiences of those working in aged care and health settings, and also focus on:

  • The psychology behind loneliness — what it is related to, how common it is, what causes it,
  • Strategies to prevent loneliness and social isolation in people living in residential aged care and those receiving home care, and
  • Expanding social connections for emotional wellbeing

The workshop will address the following aged care standards:

  • Aged Care Standard 1 – Consumer dignity and choice
  • Aged Care Standard 4 – Services and supports for daily living

The workshop will be led by Professor Colleen Doyle and Marcia Fearn.

Professor Colleen Doyle is a senior principal research fellow at NARI and Honorary Professor at Swinburne University and Deakin University. Doyle’s research with NARI focuses on two projects: BEFRIENDAS, the impact of befriending for older adults living in residential aged care and PITCH, the development of dementia training for health care workers. She founded the Australian Psychological Society Psychology and Aging Interest Group

Marcia Fearn has a background in psychology and social science, and is a research officer at NARI. She is the project coordinator for the BEFRIENDAS. Marcia’s research interests are mental health, person-centred care, psychological impacts on physical health and coping strategies in illness, chronic disease and ageing.


Workshop title: Strategies for tackling loneliness in aged care workshop

Date/time: Tuesday, July 26, 9.30am to 12pm

Venue: Online. Zoom link will be sent upon registration

Who should attend?

  • Staff working in aged care including residential care and home care
  • Staff working in community health settings
  • Other professionals interested in loneliness

Price: Adults: $198, Concession $99 (Discount codes available below for multiple purchases)

For more information and to book a place, click here.

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