Authors: Andrew Peake and Angelika Tyrone, SA
Event: 2009 TheMHS Conference
Subject: working with the ethnic elderly, WA TRANSCULTURAL MH CONFERENCE,SENIORS, OLDER PEOPLE,TRANSCULTURAL
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Growing old brings with it a raft of issues with the potential of effecting your mental health. An increasing array of medical issues confront you as you get older, together with seeing your peers and partner departing, together with social isolation, are all recipes for depression and other mental health issues. Couple this with coming from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background, with a reduced social and family network, possibly poor English skills, and perhaps a survivor of political and social unrest and the issues are compounded.
Helping Hand Aged Care in South Australia is partnered with a number of ethno-specific non-government organisations in providing support to CALD groups to overcome social isolation and provide prevention and early intervention in Adelaide. Early analysis of results, has indicated the positive benefits of facilitating the creation of ethno-specific groups with positive benefits for attendees mental health.