Non-medical supports and programs to improve older Australians’ mental health
This webinar discusses how non-medical support programs for older Australians living in the community and Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs) can support mental health and wellbeing.
• Discuss and identify how non-medical supports and programs for older Australians living in Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs) and community settings can support mental health and wellbeing.
• Outline the benefits of Art and Music therapies, volunteer activities, and intergenerational programs and initiatives, as options to mitigate the experience of dementia and mood disorders, improve mental health, and limit the progression of chronic disease in older Australians.
• Explore the evidence associated with how non-medical supports and programs can reduce workforce pressure, improve focus on living well, improve mental health and reduce medication use for older Australians.
• Prof. Colleen Doyle (Research Psychologist, VIC)
• Dr. Zara Thompson (Music therapist, VIC)
• Hilary O’Connell (Occupational Therapist, WA)
Facilitator: Dr Stephen Ginsborg (GP, NSW)
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