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The aged care conversation: lessons from around the world

Making decisions about how we want to live as we age are often taboo subjects regardless of where we live in the world.

Dr Jane Barratt, secretary general of the International Federation on Ageing in Canada, is calling for communities to create opportunities for these conversations. She will visit Victoria in November and present on global developments, technology and brain health lessons.

Her presentation, Ageing well: Innovations from around the world, is being hosted by Yackandandah Health.

“Fear of being alone and asking: ‘What am I going to do because I want to maintain my independence?’ are all decisions a person has to make. It’s difficult to be ready to get old and some people won’t make these decisions,” Barratt said.

Yackandandah Health chief executive Annette Nuck said Barratt will share insights and approaches from her international work and experiences, which include advances in robotics, brain health and intergenerational models.

“For too long the aged care focus has been on illness. Older people are older than the rest of us, not necessarily sick. Dr Barratt’s work is heavily focused on a wellness model, where we support older people to enjoy their life and do the things they want to do,” Nuck said.

Aged Care Insite caught up with Nuck to find out more.

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One comment

  1. Allowing people to live out their lives surrounded in a supportive and energetic environment is paramount to keeping us sane, our mobility up and healthy in mind and body. Keep talking about how we age well within our communities. Well done Annette.

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