Age­ing pop­u­la­tion knock­ing at door

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

A NEW pro­gram of­fered at the Wan­garatta Re­gional Study Cen­tre will help res­i­dents ef­fec­tively ad­dress com­mu­nity needs for an age­ing pop­u­la­tion in the re­gion.

Charles Sturt Uni­ver­sity (CSU) and the De­part­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices (DHHS) have part­nered to of­fer a short course on strength­en­ing com­mu­nity ca­pac­ity to sup­port an older pop­u­la­tion.

Cen­tre man­ager Ilena Young said the pro­gram would help peo­ple ac­count and pre­pare for an age­ing pop­u­la­tion.

“The course aims to sup­port par­tic­i­pants to think in­no­va­tively to de­velop a live­able and in­clu­sive com­mu­nity for older peo­ple, while fos­ter­ing part­ner­ships be­tween course par­tic­i­pants and col­leagues and rel­e­vant agen­cies,” she said.

Arts and geron­tol­ogy course di­rec­tor, Robin Har­vey, said it was im­por­tant to con­tinue work­ing in the age­ing sup­port space as al­most one third of peo­ple in the Ovens-Mur­ray re­gion are older than 60 years.

“We are re­ally pleased with the up­take of the pro­gram,” she said.

“There are 16 peo­ple en­rolled from a va­ri­ety of health and com­mu­nity ser­vice sec­tors.

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to ev­ery­one shar­ing ex- pe­ri­ences and learn­ing from each other to sup­port healthy age­ing across the re­gion.”

Through the course’s four mod­ules, par­tic­i­pants will learn how to: var­i­ous so­cial models of age­ing; mi­nants of age­ing; tions avail­able to older adults; age friendly com­mu­ni­ties; struc­tural healthy age­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties; and sary to sup­port this work.

Schol­ar­ships put for­ward by DHHS can re­duce the cost of the course by 50 per cent.

The course to­tals eight days, with the first two-day mod­ule com­menc­ing at 9am on Thurs­day, May 24 at the Wan­garatta Re­gional Study Cen­tre.

Suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of the course and as­so­ci­ated assess­ments can give par­tic­i­pants a credit to­ward the CSU Grad­u­ate Cer­tifi­cate in Geron­tol­ogy and Mas­ter of Geron­tol­ogy.

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