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PROMOTING RESILIENCE IN OLDER PEOPLE & THEIR FAMILIES IN COVID TIMES: A practical strengths-based approach in support of the many challenges associated with ageing in COVID times.

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Beaté Steller, M.A.P.S. M.A.Ed. B.S.W (Hon) R.N.
One full day
May 20, 2021
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COVID times have been especially challenging for older people and their families. As the risk for severe illness with COVID 19 increases with age, older adults are at highest risk. Extra precautionary isolation and restrictions to connect to others, like family members has been recommended and hence families are disconnected and many people are experiencing separation anxiety. 2020 especially has been a challenging year in Residential Aged Care. However, in tough times resilience is also born or rekindled. What are the factors that engage resilience in older people and why are some people aging with a great sense of freedom and others with a sense of despair? Is it just a matter of attitude? What does the current research say about aging with resilience? Evidence suggests that emotional wellbeing generally increases with age unless the older person is experiencing some major health issue or disadvantage (Centre for Mental Health 2018). Depression and suicide rates for people over 80 are alarming with males over 80 having the highest suicide rate out of the total Australian population.

This course will address these issues and provide opportunities to explore what makes older people resilient. This course is based on a “strength based” approach. Strategies will be identified and experienced that will promote a culture of resilience as you provide support for older people and their families. Beate´ will also refer to her book called “Tech-connect – Staying Meaningfully Connected in Aged Care’ as a strategy to promote resilience in older people.



This online program is worth 6.25 hours CPD.



Learning objectives of this training:

  1. Recognise the differing ways older people and their families have responded to the restrictions of COVID 19.
  2. Identify the impact of the ageing process and health challenges.
  3. Examine the constant challenges of living with change and loss.
  4. Develop strategies of how to connect with older people who are withdrawing through their depression.
  5. Explore what make an older person resilient to life’s challenges.
  6. Discuss strategies which encourage and
  7. promote personal, familial Interpersonal and societal resilience in older people.
  8. Learn strategies that will allow your clients to recognise their strength and also know what they can and can’t change.
  9. Beate will share her extensive knowledge, clinical experience and practical approaches and methods throughout the day including the Tech – Connect – Staying Meaningfully Connected in Aged Care program that she developed and her Master’s research on Mindful Meditation Groups in Residential Care and its relevance to Wellbeing and Spiritual Growth.

"Being resilient as we age is critical for our physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. This seminar will equip you to develop practical strategies in promoting wellbeing and building resilience in older people."   Beate Steller

How will you benefit from attending this training?

  • You will develop a comprehensive
    understanding of the challenges that come with ageing in the context of COVID 19.
  • You will learn how to apply strategies that promote resilience and draw upon strengths in the elderly.
  • You acquire broad and insightful perspectives on change and loss in later life.


Morning Session (includes a short break)

  • Welcome and overview of the day. Identifying how COVID 19 has affected older people and their families.
  • Identifying the greatest challenge in promoting resilience in older people.
  • What are the risk factors?
  • Depression and ageing.
  • What is resilience?
  • A model of resilience: identifying personal, familial, interpersonal and societal resilience factors.
  • Identifying strategies that address resilience in your work. 

Afternoon Session (includes a short break)

  • Older People and negotiating changes in their lives.
  • Identifying what we can and what we can’t change.
  • The importance of reminiscing work and group work in the promotion of resilience. Evaluation of course and close.

Evaluation and quiz - your payment includes a quiz which when completed with a minimum of 80% correct answers, will enable you to download your Attendance Certificate.

To complete the quiz, please log into your account at and click the orange "Certificate" button under the program's title.

For live webcasts, post-tests must be completed within one month of viewing the program.

Target Audience

This training is suitable for practicing psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, medical counsellors, counsellors and community case-workers with general experience working as a therapist.



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