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Meaningful Ageing Australia July 2016 update
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From the CEO
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What do you appreciate about your own ageing? 

 
Thankfully, there is a growing movement critiquing the way ageing is talked about and thought about in our communities. Being bombarded by messages that assume ageing is something to be avoided (such as with the majority of skin care products), that it amounts to a dreadful kind of cost to the economy (the 'grey tsunami'), and that if you do age, you should ride a bike near a beach with perfect skin and hair...it all contributes to a fundamental discomfort, or even dislike, of our own ageing and older people around us.  At our July Meaningful Ageing Seminar in Melbourne, Catherine Barrett from the Tea Cosy Project took us through a memorable exercise of reflecting on the question: what do you appreciate about your own ageing? In sharing our answers with each other, we were able to hear and celebrate together the small and large gifts of getting older. This does not mean that we deny what may be difficult, but by owning some of the positives we are in a better position to deal with the challenges. 

On Tuesday next week, you have the opportunity to hear an abridged version of Catherine's presentation, and our other excellent seminar speakers, in our webinar offered in partnership with the Australian Association for Gerontology. Tune if you can (see below for further information). Members can participate for free - get the access code for the webinar in our Member's Zone.  Videos of the Melbourne content is also in our Member's Zone. With thanks to Uniting AgeWell for hosting and filming the seminar.

- Ilsa Hampton
National Guidelines Pre-Release Workshops Feedback
91 people who registered for the National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care Workshop have submitted their feedback. Thank you! 

This information will be used to assist us in designing supports for implementation and evaluation of the Guidelines.

Here are some quick stats, for the number lovers out there:

97% of participants found the workshop to be either very useful or useful.

When asked to rank the most useful parts of the workshop, reading through the actual Guidelines and meeting others who attended came in at the top, although watching the videos, hearing examples of spiritual care in action and the discussion time all ranked highly as well. This shows the varied needs of people who attend workshops and therefore the importance of offering a range of approaches in the one session. 

The main barrier for implementing the Guidelines is that leaders don't understand/value spiritual care (30%) and we need much more education before we can start (24%).

Meaningful Ageing Australia has an orientation program for spiritual care in aged care available to our members - read more in our Member's Zone. We are also working on additional educational material and approaches to support organisations. Watch this space!

Still time to register!
Webinar Tues 2nd Aug 2016  
12noon-1pm AEST

Sustainable culture change in residential and community aged care

The aged care workforce is under pressure to provide quality care in an environment that is rapidly changing.

This seminar invites participants to address these pressures within themselves; and to re-connect with their capability to lead for genuine quality of life and quality of care for older people. We are approaching these challenges through multiple lenses, including addressing ageism, stepping up in the midst of the challenge of CDC, and applying a radically different approach to palliative care for people with dementia.

Read more here.

Registration form: to download click here

Online registration here
Registrations close on 01 August 2016 at 04:00pm AEST.

Your Investment

Meaningful Ageing Australia Members: FREE (enter the code located in our Member's Zone)
Non-Members: $30.00
AAG Members: FREE

Meaningful Ageing Seminar videos are available now in our Member's Zone.
Other upcoming events

Meaningful Ageing Seminar Wagga Wagga 2016 (dates tba)

Recapturing our Soul Melbourne 2-4 September 2016

CAPS Conference Canberra 30 September 2016 
- discounted for Meaningful Ageing Members, the code is in the Member's Zone

7th International Conference on Ageing and Spirituality Chicago 4-7 June 2017
Click here to view our 2 minute videos
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