Active ageing for seniors living with dementia and creating functional home environments to support independence are among the topics to be discussed at the upcoming Active Ageing Conference.

Hosted by Australian Ageing Agenda and Community Care Review, the one-day conference and series of workshops will share the latest evidence on wellness, reablement and restorative care, and equip community care providers with strategies to implement these enabling approaches in their service delivery.

Dr Elissa Burton from Curtin University will join a panel of allied health professionals and service providers to discuss the effectiveness of reablement and restorative care interventions and tips to support their success.

The conference features consultants and sector leaders delivering hands-on training via eight topical workshops including:

  • Elizabeth Cyarto, Health Promotion Division, National Ageing Research Institute (NARI), who will facilitate the workshop on using emerging technologies for active ageing.
  • Laurie Leigh and Alyson Jarrett from The Whiddon Group will present on countering social isolation.
  • The Independent Living Centre NSW will run a workshop on enabling functional home environments.

Elsewhere the event will take delegates through a stocktake of their organisation to assess readiness and identify areas for improvement.

Researcher and trainer Carrie Hayter will deliver the conference keynote address setting the policy context and expectations of service providers as part of both the Commonwealth Home Support Programme and CDC home care packages.

The Active Ageing Conference 2015 takes place on 29 October at the Amora Hotel, Sydney. Visit the conference website to access the full program and register.

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