I am all for the opportunities of ageing.
I am, however, worried about the propagation of the idea that we 'should' or 'can all' age in some kind of perfect, middle-class, well-groomed way, with our diet and routines so carefully managed that we are 'sure' to be happy and healthy, running marathons and participating in art classes until we die peacefully in our sleep.
Or perhaps we don't die in this fantasy, we just quietly 'cease' apart from our Facebook...
CEO Of Meaningful Ageing Australia
Ilsa is the CEO of Meaningful Ageing Australia. Ilsa has extensive experience in the strategic integration of pastoral and spiritual care in aged care; and leading projects with multiple partners. Prior to joining Meaningful Ageing Australia as CEO, Ilsa served on the board from its inauguration in 2013; and on the board of Spiritual Care Australia from 2010-2011. Ilsa has designed and implemented strategic program changes to increase consistency, quality assurance, integration in teams and access by clients including an innovative pastoral care volunteer model now in use in other locations around Australia.
New data reveals almost half of survey respondents aged 65+ years do not feel heard or understood.
New research released today by the nation’s peak body for spiritual care and ageing, Meaningful Ageing Australia, shows almost half of Australian survey respondents (41.8 percent) aged over 65 years do not feel their identity is truly heard or understood by their loved ones.
The new national online study, comprising 1000 Australians aged over 65 years, indicated 55.6 percent of respondents...
In advance of Palliative Care Week, Meaningful Ageing Australia has just launched two new guides which give aged care providers tools and resources to implement and manage preparations for end of life by all staff in aged care.
The Spirituality of Dying Workshop Facilitator’s Guide provides straightforward material for organisations to increase the skill of all staff who touch the lives of those who are dying.
The introductory sixty-minute workshop aims to extend understanding of spirituality and enable all team...
A research-based guide from Meaningful Ageing Australia supporting aged care staff on ways to incorporate spirituality into care for frail older people launches this week.
Ilsa Hampton, CEO of Meaningful Ageing Australia emphasises the importance of shaping language around the older person’s perceived identity.
‘It’s important to focus on the abilities of older people despite any increasing frailty and chronic conditions and acknowledge them as people rather than the sum of their symptoms.
‘The word frailty implies vulnerability and weakness...