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12 January 2021: Attention: aged care, seniors, retirement living
For immediate release

Peak body Meaningful Ageing Australia is pleased to announce the launch of its new free webinar program highlighting resources for those working in aged care, both community-based and residential. The online series is designed for anybody working, or with an interest, in aged care. Each webinar is only 30 minutes long and introduces participants to an innovative new resource or topic that will inspire them in care provision focused on quality of life for older people. Keeping the sessions short allows for more people to fit it into their busy schedules, with detailed follow up offered to any participant who would like more information. All webinars topics and registration links are posted on the Meaningful Ageing website, here.

The first webinar takes place on Friday, 22 January at 1.00pm (AEDT) via Zoom.

This session will introduce the work of Meaningful Ageing Australia’s partner, KinSnap.

KinSnap provides a unique way for older people to receive a personal, printed, monthly journal delivered to their home, in their language. Registered users from the one family or group upload photos and stories into a private account, and this is then used to automatically create a printed monthly journal that is delivered to the older person in their home.

Tears of joy
In a recent pilot with Meaningful Ageing member organisations Mercy Health and Belvedere Aged Care, feedback from residents, their loved ones and staff showed strong support for the product. One site captured videos of residents opening their journals for the first time, with a number of people crying tears of joy at seeing the images loved ones had provided. Meaningful Ageing member, Mercy Health will be sharing some of their experiences during the webinar.

“We have partnered with KinSnap because we are acutely aware of the existential challenge residential aged care poses to a person’s identity, and how stretched the system is. This elegant solution makes it easy to give every older person a powerful, tangible reminder that they are loved and not forgotten. Seeing the tears of joy and utter amazement when some residents saw their first journal cemented our support for this innovative product,” commented Ilsa Hampton, CEO of Meaningful Ageing Australia.

KinSnap co-founder, Antoine Declef, reiterates this point, “We felt the need to create KinSnap from our own experience of maintaining connections with our families. Although large physical distances can be bridged by using digital technologies, this is not necessarily the best way forward for many people. Besides, who doesn’t like getting something through the post, as long as it’s not a bill!”

To register for this webinar, and to see the current program, visit https://meaningfulageing.org.au/meaningful-ageing-networking/

Meaningful Ageing Australia is a registered charity.

Media details:

Meaningful Ageing Australia media contact:
Ilsa Hampton: ihampton@meaningfulage.org.au  0425 758 277