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Maintaining Connection: Identify social disconnection, types of loneliness and strategies to support older people (CHSP/Home Care)

Workshop overview:

Humans are hardwired to connect with one another, and this connection affects our health. Research shows that when older people lack social connections or report frequent feelings of loneliness, they tend to suffer higher rates of morbidity and mortality, are prone to infection, depression, and cognitive decline. Meaningful connection is therefore a vital component to enable older people to maintain optimal health and a greater sense of well-being.

Frontline staff and volunteers in the home and community care sector play a key role in identifying social disconnection and implementing strategies to help combat perceived loneliness and social isolation faced by care recipients.

This 90min interactive workshop will provide frontline staff and volunteers, with the knowledge and tools to improve care outcomes for older people at risk of social isolation and loneliness.

Participants will also have access to a toolkit of supporting materials and resources for ongoing personal reflection and development.


Who should attend: 

Managers, Co-Ordinators, Team Leaders, Frontline staff and volunteers working within CHSP and home care settings.


Outcomes of this workshop:

  • Understand the impact of social connection on the ageing mind and body.
  • Identify the different types of loneliness and strategies to overcome it.
  • Utilise tools to identify social disconnection.
  • Apply practical strategies to engage care recipients and their families to become more socially connected.
  • Effectively use the ‘Village Model’ to enable care recipients’ to build meaningful connections and maintain wellness

About the facilitator:

Tanya Dave is a Gerontologist with over 25 years of experience in the aged and community care sector. She has an unwavering passion for understanding the complexities of aging. Tanya’s expertise lies in developing innovative strategies and interventions to empower older individuals facing complex health issues, challenging behaviours, and social isolation. She is known for her ability to manage complex cases and takes great pride in witnessing her clients’ overcome obstacles.

Tanya is a strong advocate for the power of community in addressing the challenges of aging. She holds a Masters in Gerontology and is the Director of IAgewell, a company that publishes “Lifestyle 55+” magazine, organizes senior expos, offers community education, and provides private case management services. She is the founder of the innovate MindHubs and Transition Gateway Platform.

Tanya’s commitment to advocacy is evident in her establishment of the Sunshine Coast Senior Leadership Awards and her involvement in various organizations dedicated to healthy aging. She is on a mission to redefine aging and empower individuals and communities to embrace the possibilities of growing older.

Disclaimer: The CHSP Provider Ticket price is subsidised by Sector Support and Development (SSD) funded by the Australian Department of Health. Although funding for this session has been provided by the Australian Government, the material contained herein does not necessarily represent the views or policies of the Australian Government.

Date: TBC


CHSP Provider: $50 (GST inc)

ACCPA Member:

  • 1 – 2 people: $289 (GST inc) each
  • 3 – 10 people: $260 (GST inc) each

Additional member discounts apply for groups of 11 and greater. Contact  for a discussion.              

Non Member: $462 (GST inc)


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