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

 

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!

This just in!

cropped-planning_for_the_season_facebook_cover-06.jpgGreat news!

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

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 Plan for the Next Season!

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

How old are you?

Years ago, when I was studying Gerontology, I had a professor who taught a class called “Ageing and the Law”. I can’t remember his name, but I remember a number of things he said as he was older himself and he dropped tiny pearls of wisdom (or truth bombs- depending on your perspective) at virtually every lecture.

Once he said, “Every person has a chronological age and the age that they would say they were if they didn’t look in the mirror. Often, you will find that these two ages are different. If you don’t believe me, go ask some people and see what they say”. At the time I was working in three separate subsidised housing complexes and had access to about 900 older people. I decided to test my professor’s theory and ask some of the residents the question. It. Was. Amazing.

To one very conservative older lady, I asked “How old would you say you were if you didn’t look in the mirror?” She closed her eyes, took a deep breath and smiled like I hadn’t seen before and chuckled. She said “I’d say I was 22. The boys would come home on leave (from the war) and we’d go down to meet them and then we’d go out and dance. We’d just dance and dance and dance. Those were the best times.”

To an older man I asked the same question. His face changed and brightened as he told me that when he closed his eyes he felt 19- when he was just starting out in the world and it was open to all possibilities.

I asked the question any number of times and it was always the same, the age that people feel is quite often not their chronological age. This isn’t to discount people’s life experiences that make up who they are, rather, that what is on the outside is not the whole truth of a person. Maybe you’ve had the experience of truly seeing someone for who they are and not for their physical limitations or ‘old’ appearance. If you work in aged care, this may be one of the things you find most valuable in your work.

As aged care reform marches on and we talk about ‘care’, levels of support, assessment and registered providers, perhaps it’s time to think about older people as…people. People who feel largely the same as they did at a particular point in time before they had limitations-before they required support. Perhaps it’s also a time to recognise that older people have rich life experience and are a growing part of the social capital we have available.

As providers of aged care, how can we tap into the knowledge and experience of older people to help us in supporting them as they age? It’s worth having the conversation and really listening to what is important and ideas about how it can happen.

If we are lucky, we will grow old, and will be able to offer to those who would listen, the enthusiasm of the age we feel, combined with the experience of the years we have lived.

Go on. Close your eyes. How old would you be if you hadn’t looked in the mirror this morning?