Older People

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Transitioning into aged care for older adults

Moving from a family home onto Residential aged care (RAC) is a major life transition for older people. It can be difficult and stressful for all involved, and there is often grief and loss which accompanies change as we age.

Transitioning into aged care for older adults
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The Grief and Loss of Forgotten Australians

Forgotten Australians/Care Leavers are the 500,000+ adult survivors of institutional care homes in Australia during the last century (orphanages, foster homes and institutions). They are the now-adult children who were separated from their families.

The Grief and Loss of Forgotten Australians
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Transitioning into aged care for family and friends

It can be difficult for many people when an older person transitions into Residential Aged Care (RAC). Family members, carers or friends are very likely to experience grief and loss as they encounter change, and a different way of life emerges. Somet

Transitioning into aged care for family and friends
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Ageing and self-compassion

This means consciously extending kindness to self, understanding that there is common humanity in suffering and having the ability to pay attention to the present moment without judgement. People high in self compassion may be more likely to act proa

Ageing and self-compassion
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LGBTI+, grief and loss and ageing

Grief is the natural response to loss, and most people, over time, adjust to loss in their own unique way. Sometimes, however, additional stressors or factors make loss more difficult to adapt to. Historically people who identify as lesbian, gay, b

LGBTI+, grief and loss and ageing
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Non-death Grief and Loss

Often these losses have no foreseeable end. There can be a sense of helplessness as the future looks unpredictable. There may also be a disparity between future hope and the reality of life. This disparity and ongoing painful feelings can cause chron

Non-death Grief and Loss
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Resilience and Aged Care

As we age, we are more likely to experience bereavement resulting from multiple deaths as well as non-death related grief and loss. We may experience losses such as a decline in our mental and physical health, loss of memory, loss of home as we kno

Resilience and Aged Care
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What is Grief

For some, grief is expressed through obvious signs of distress and a desire to talk. For others, they may be more private or reluctant to talk and prefer to keep busy. Some people feel their grief more whereas others may think about their grief and w

What is Grief
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Uncertainty and Aged Care

Grief, loss and uncertainty go hand-in-hand. As we age, we are more likely to experience losses and stressors such as the death of a partner or friend, declining mental and physical health, dependency on others or a lowered ability to engage in enjoy

Uncertainty and Aged Care
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Responding to the grief and loss of older people from culturally and linguistically diverse commun

The phrase culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) is a broad term used to describe communities with diverse languages, ethnic backgrounds, nationalities, traditions, and religions. Australia is a multicultural country with many different custom

Responding to the grief and loss of older people from culturally and linguistically diverse commun