Ah…things have been busy for Planning for the Next Season. You might have gathered that from the year+ absence from the website. Here’s the update:
Planning for the Next Season is still my passion and I am still doing workshops for older people and their families and I’m also working in a Business Development role at Technology for Ageing and Disability WA (TADWA). As a result, my activity with Planning for the Next Season has been a little slower than it has been over the last couple of years.
I’m sure that many of you will have seen part one of the Four Corners expose into aged care. It was shocking on many fronts. After 30+ years in the sector both in the US and Australia though, one thing hit home hard and that is nothing much has changed in all that time.
In the late 80’s when I first started my work in ageing, the type of ill treatment and neglect highlighted in the Four Corners piece was a source of frustration for me. Elder abuse was not unheard of. Way back then, myself, and others like me, worked hard to make the aged care system better for aged care consumers and their families. Flash forward to 2018 to aged care reform, changes in the funding mechanisms, inquiries and reports into elder abuse and now- a Royal Commission.
We need to do better.
Could it be that the current style of residential care doesn’t work very well? Could it be that we are not providing enough information for people and families who will need aged care? Could it be that we, as old people in training would rather not plan for our ageing futures, preferring to leave it to chance? Could it be that we, as a society have a real challenge understanding this is an issue until it’s too late and all we can do is point fingers?
Sorry to be a downer, but you would think that 30 years would be enough time for us all to come together to figure out how to care for people. It’s really important- if not for you than for someone you care about.
I welcome the Royal Commission but I wonder- will one more report, unless it has a direct plan of action, really make a difference….or will we still be talking about this in another 30 years?
Just a few photos from the Care and Ageing Expo. Always a wonderful opportunity to catch up with colleagues like Mark Teale, CEO of COTA and Verity James, the MC for the Expo…and above all else, being able to speak with people about how to think and plan to stay well at home now and into the future!
A big thank you to LASA and the team for inviting me to speak at the Care and Ageing Expo last weekend. It was great fun and a great crowd! Hope to see you all again next year!
Are you caring for elderly parents or loved ones, confused about how to access home care support or aged care services or what choices are available in aged care? Do you need assistance to navigate the system? Visit the first ever Care & Ageing Expo in Western Australia, a showcase of products, services, information and education to enable you to compare the market and make an informed choice around the many aged care options. The Bethanie Lifestyle Stage will host 17 presentations including my seminar on Compass, Map, Guide: Planning to stay well at home now & into the future, Sunday 1.45pm.
Hope to see you there at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre on 29 & 30 July.
For more details please visit http://www.careandageingexpo.com.au
In the lead up to the LASA Care and Ageing Expo in Perth, 29th and 30th July at the convention centre, Melissa from Planning for the Next Season will have the opportunity to speak to Tim Gossage on radio station 6iX Perth. You can find 6iX on 1080 AM and 105.7 FM. Melissa’s conversation with Tim will be at 7:40 am on 26th July. Tune in if you want to hear more about the expo and Planning for the Next Season!
Leading Age Services Australia Ageing Expo!
Are you caring for elderly parents or loved ones, confused about how to access home care support or aged care services or what choices are available in aged care? Do you need assistance to navigate the system?
Presenting the first ever Care & Ageing Expo in Western Australia, a showcase of products, services, information and education to enable you to compare the market and make an informed choice around the many aged care options.
Hear from experts across a whole range of aged care issues such as choosing home care or residential care, how to care for those with dementia, how to navigate the MyAgedCare website, hear about the latest technology in hearing aids and much more. The Bethanie Lifestyle seminar stage will provide a continuous stream of information from industry experts and discussion panels and give you the opportunity to ask questions.
Best ever news?
Planning for the Next Season will be presenting on the seminar stage and talking about how people can think and plan ahead for ageing well at home now and into the future. Melissa will be presenting at 1:45 pm on Sunday, 30th July at the expo. We encourage you to come down and have a chat as well as see what’s on offer.
For more information about the expo, including the program for the weekend, just click here.
City of Belmont Seniors Planning for the Next Season!
It certainly has been a busy winter here in Perth for Planning for the Next Season!
Over the course of two days, about fifty (FIFTY!) seniors from the City of Belmont attended Planning for the Next Season workshops on 14th and 22nd June. The feedback from the sessions was outstanding. What’s more, more older people are now thinking and planning about how they can stay home well now and into the future with a good understanding about how the aged care system works and how they can be clear about articulating their needs with providers.
Well done to all the participants and a special thanks to Helen O’Sullivan at the City of Belmont for her great work with seniors and people with disability in the City of Belmont.
Melissa Young PFTNS and Helen O’Sullivan from the City of Belmont
City of Belmont Seniors Planning for the Next Season