‘Our village must mobilise to support the well being of elders,’ read a recent headline in the West Australian Newspaper. The headline twists the African proverb, ‘It takes a village to raise a child’.
Karen Hitchcock’s essay Dear Life: On Caring for the Elderly is compassionate, respectful and beautifully written. As a study of ageism in our society, it is also seriously scary.
The author is a physician who works in a major Melbourne hospital. Her patients are mostly elderly. She has a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Writing and is the author of award-winning fiction.
Relationships Australia WA offers a new workshop which I think may have particular interest for older men and women. The facilitator is my friend, Elizabeth Brennan, a remarkable older woman with many years experience as a relationships educator and facilitator of groups of many different types. Details of the workshop are as follows:
CHANGE AND LOSS
Healing and Learning to Live Again
Change and the accompanying experience of loss, is part of everyday life. Life itself begins with loss – the separation from the womb. We are continuously faced with separation, endings and major changes. In order to move on, let go and embrace what is new, we need to grieve the loss. How we mange loss and grief greatly effects our relationships and our well-being.
This workshop will discuss how to:
- Gain a deeper understanding of the grief process
- Identify personal core issues of grief
- Identify place in the grief process
- Learn skills to assist the process
- Develop strategies that will enable moving on
|At 22 Southport Street, corner of Cambridge Street WEST LEEDERVILLE on Tuesday 29 April 2014 from 9/30 am to 12.30 pm
For further information and to enrol please phone 9489 6322
THIRD NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ELDER ABUSE
Advocare is proud to be at the forefront of combating elder abuse in Australia and will host the 3rd National Elder Abuse Conference. Entitled ‘Unlocking Solutions’, our organising committee will embrace a program that looks into all aspects of elder abuse.
Already regarded by industry leaders as a must attend event, this conference will bring together dynamic global experts to share information on topics that will assist in elder abuse research, intervention and policy. There will also be plenty of opportunities for networking, reacquainting with old colleagues and meeting new ones.
The two day conference will be followed by a unique one day workshop which will look at the practical and theoretical applications that arise from the conference.
I encourage delegates from different professions to attend, as unlocking solutions to elder abuse requires a collaborative effort from all counterparts.
Register your interest for the conference and workshop and help change the outcome for thousands of elder abuse victims in Australia.
See you in Perth.
Chief Executive Officer, Australian Representative for the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse; Chairperson of the Alliance for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
Invitation to Submit an Abstract
We invite you to submit an abstract for a contribution to the 2014 Conference Program. The deadline for abstract proposals is Friday 2 May 2014.
Abstracts should generally be limited to the suggested themes and underlying topics. Thought provoking, creative abstracts are highly encouraged to stimulate the interest and participation of delegates throughout the Conference.
Research and Innovation
Areas such as research projects, technological advancements and innovative new practices, and new ways that organisations are doing ‘old business’.
Projects that have helped your organisation to recognise, respond or record elder abuse, including but not limited to help lines, databases, identification tools and marketing strategies.
Collaboration, Information Sharing and Engagement
Different ways in which your organisation works with others to spread messages, promote ideas and events, fund projects and activities and share valuable information and statistics. We are also looking at ways in which you think we can better record Elder Abuse ie managing statistic, National Linkages.
Education, Training and Workforce Development
Including, but not limited to new and existing training programs, tertiary courses and other workforce development methods.
Learning from Other Disciplines
We are looking for ways in which elder abuse agencies can learn from other disciplines that excel in areas such as information sharing, reporting and recording, victim protection, relationship building and fundraising.
We are looking to find out new ways to further advance the prevention of elder abuse eg changing perceptions, changing laws, changing the way we look at or think about things.
For guidelines, click to contact Advocare Inc., or call Advocare on 9479 7566 and speak to Greg Mahney.
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