Loss and Grief Relating To Ability, Ageing and Dementia

Loss and Grief Relating To Ability, Ageing and Dementia
Type: Workshop
Location: Shenton Park, WA
Presenter: Margaret Sealey
Level: Introductory
Audience: Aged care workers, palliative care nurses, nurses, counsellors, social workers

Workshop Overview: Loss and Grief relating to Ability, Ageing and Dementia in partnership with the Cancer Council WA

When a family member is diagnosed with a form of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, it’s likely that the losses have already begun some time before. Stretching ahead of family members and the person themselves is an uncertain future littered with loss and grief that both comes and goes and comes and stays.

This workshop will take participants through an exploration of the many facets of grief experienced by those affected by decrease in abilities, increase in age and dementia. We will consider the different needs of both the families/carers and the person themselves. Strategies will be offered to help people who support these families to engage in an active grieving process that acknowledges the losses experienced and the life of their loved one.

Learning Outcomes: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

Identify the varied losses associated with a decrease in abilities, an increase in ageing and dementia
Use an understanding of grief and loss theory to support family members
Identify and use strategies that allow an active engagement with the grief being experienced by individuals affected by a decrease in abilities, an increase in ageing and dementia
Utilise some simple communication tools to be able to work directly with individuals who are living with dementia and acknowledge their grief

Presenter Bio: Margaret Sealey

Margaret Sealy is a counsellor who has worked with vulnerable populations in health settings (palliative care and oncology in particular) for 20 years. With a previous background as a registered nurse, she undertook postgraduate studies in Counselling (University of Notre Dame Fremantle), and graduated with a B Psych (Hons) at Murdoch University, before entering the Master in Counselling Psychology PhD combined program at Curtin University. Her PhD research was ‘Developing a bereavement risk assessment model for palliative care in Western Australia: An action research study.’

Margaret also works part-time as a counsellor with Alzheimer’s Australia WA. 

Workshop Details

Venue: Cancer Council WA, Seminar Room
15 Bedbrook Place

Date: Wednesday 10th April, 2019

Times: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm


ACGB member: $340.00
Non-member price: $395.00

Cancellation and Refund Policy

The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement reserves the right to cancel education programs that do not achieve minimum participation, in which case all fees will be refunded.
Registration cancellations will not be accepted unless made in writing to the centre. Cancellations made more than thirty (30) days prior to the event date will be refunded less 25% of the registration fee to cover administration costs. 
No registration refunds will be made after this date. Please note: The full invoiced amount will still be payable in the event of non-attendance on the day.
Cancer Council WA, Seminar Room 15 Bedbrook Place Shenton Park WA 6008 AUSTRALIA

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