Promoting Resilience in Older People

One-day Workshop

Developed and presented by Beate Steller - M.A.Ed., BSW (Hon), R.N.

Why are some people ageing with a great sense of freedom and others with a sense of despair? Is it just a matter of attitude?

Evidence suggests that emotional wellbeing generally increases with age unless the older person is experiencing some major health issue or disadvantage (Centre for Mental Health 2014). Depression and suicide rates for people over 80 are alarming with males over 80 having the highest suicide rate out of the total Australian population. 

This workshop - based on a strength-based approach - will address these issues and provide opportunities to explore what makes older people resilient. Strategies will be identified and experienced that will promote a culture of resilience as you provide support for older people.


Learning objectives of this training: 

  • Identify the impact of the ageing process. 

  • Examine the constant challenges of living with change and loss. 

  • Develop strategies of how to connect with older people who are withdrawing through their depression. 

  • Explore what make an older person resilient to life’s challenges. 

  • Discuss strategies which encourage and promote personal, familial interpersonal and societal resilience in older people. 

  • Learn strategies that will allow your clients to recognise their strength and also know what they can and can’t change. 

Workshop presenter, Beate Steller, will share her extensive knowledge, clinical experience and practical approaches and methods throughout the day including the Tech – Connect – Staying Meaningfully Connected in Aged Care program that she developed.

This workshop is suited to anyone working and/or interested in aged care, grief and loss.

Workshop Dates & Locations

North Sydney NSW POSTPONED (Date TBC)

Stanton Library, 234 Miller Street, North Sydney NSW 2060

Cost: Free for NALAG members. $150 for non-members (includes workshop equipment, morning tea and afternoon tea)

About the Facilitator

Beate Steller brings over 35 years of experience in a variety of sectors and industries to her role as a principal Training and Development Consultant. Beate´ also currently works as a Social Worker/Counsellor and as Spiritual Wellbeing Co-ordinator in aged and palliative care. She has been an adult educator since 1992, for the Centre for Community Welfare Training, the Australian College of Applied Psychology and Lifeline Sydney. For over a decade Beate´ has specialised in grief and loss education/counselling and transition counselling and has been on the Board of NALAG (National Association for Loss and Grief) since 2009. She had her first book published in 2017 called Tech-connect –Staying Meaningfully Connected in Aged Care. She has both graduate and post-graduate qualifications in Adult Education, Social Work and Nursing, holds a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training and a Master Degree in Ageing and Pastoral studies at Charles Sturt University (2019). Her research in Mindfulness Meditation Groups in Residential Aged Care and its relevance to spiritual growth and wellbeing (2019) is currently being published. She has worked with people from Indigenous and culturally diverse backgrounds. Beate´ also holds professional membership with the AASW, the NSW Health Services Profession (as a Registered Nurse), and Spiritual Care Australia.

Event Contact



Phone: 02 6882 9222

NSW Head Office:

7 Welchman Street

Dubbo NSW 2830


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