Working Together To Enhance Quality Of Life In The Golden Years

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Authors: Anne Fahey, Neil Brewer and Sandra Attwell, VIC

Year: 2007

Event: 2007 TheMHS Conference


Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 9780975765333

Abstract: This paper describes the development of a collaborative working relationship between Bendigo Health Aged Persons Mental Health Services and Golden City Support Services. This collaboration has facilitated the development of targeted support interventions for older persons who have mental illness. Further this paper argues that there is a strong need for evaluation of program such as this so that an evidence-based approach can be used to meeting the support needs of older persons who have mental illness. The end of life is inevitably a loss, a series of losses. And maybe it’s partly denial, but maybe it’s also sort of the attitude of a youth orientated society, but I think that people who have diminished capacities are devalued and even stigmatised. We need social policies to help direct more and more resources toward this group. (Sorell 2007: 20.)

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