February Planning for the Next Season workshops registration now open!

 

Happy New Year!

In case you’ve missed the registration for the Planning for the Next Season workshop in January, we are happy to announce that registrations for February are open!

The February Planning for the Next Season workshop will be held at the Bayswater Community Centre at 27 King William Street in Bayswater.

If you or someone you know wants to know more about staying at home as they age, register now for this free and engaging session.

Click here for more details!

 

 

City of Bayswater FREE Information session for older adults

Planning for the Next Season is pleased to be supported by the City of Bayswater and Bendigo Bank, Noranda and Bayswater Branches in providing a FREE information workshop about staying well at home now and into the future.

Planning for the Next Season’s first workshop of 2020 is in one week’s time on 13 January at Technology for Ageing and Disability WA (TADWA). Tickets are limited for this free event.

For more information and to register, go to the Eventbrite page by clicking here.

Come and join us for a morning of great conversation and loads of practical information.

See you there!

 

13 January 2020 Planning for the Next Season workshop!!

 

 

Great news!

The first Planning for the Next Season workshop of 2020 will be held on 13 January 2020 at Technology for Ageing and Disability (TADWA), 371 Collier Rd Bassendean

Planning for the Next Season helps older people think about their future needs as they plan for staying home well now and into the future.

The workshop is for older people living in the City of Bayswater suburbs who want to learn about their options.

Click here for more information, or fill in our contact form below.

TADWA Presents- Planning for the Next Season

Some pretty exciting new here at PFTNS! We will be running three workshops courtesy of Technology for Ageing and Disability WA (TADWA).

Last week, we won a grant from Bayswater and Noranda Branches of Bendigo Bank to provide three workshops to older people in the City of Bayswater free of charge!

More details about dates to come, but if you are an organisation or community group in the City of Bayswater who is interested in sending some people along to a Planning for the Next Season workshop early in the new year, or would like more details, please contact Melissa at melissa.young@tadwa.org.au

 

Royal Commission

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?

 

Care and Ageing Expo Flashback!

 

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!

 

 

 

Thanks!

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!