Involving older people in aged care education

Involving older people in aged care education

A new research project at Charles Sturt University (CSU) aims to develop a resource to help older people share their experiences of ageing with those who are training to work in the aged care sector.

The project, funded by the NSW Government under the NSW Ageing Strategy as part of its Liveable Communities Grants Program, will see educators engage people in residential aged care in the teaching process, while supporting the older people in sharing their stories.

It’s a concept that Associate Professor Maree Bernoth from the University’s School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health has been using in her teaching for years.

Older people have first-hand knowledge about ageing and we've found when they come into the classroom and share their stories it has a powerful effect.

Over the next year, the researchers will also work with people in four residential aged care facilities in the Nambucca Valley of NSW, Dubbo and Bathurst in the NSW Central West region and in Deniliquin in the Riverina.
“Older people in residential care can feel very isolated and getting them into the classroom to tell their stories is one way of showing their experience is valued by the community,” Associate Professor Bernoth said.

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