Our work with older adults

Beyond Blue works to improve the mental health of older Australians by raising awareness of depressionanxiety and suicide, and overcoming barriers to care within the needs of an ageing population.

Our activities include raising awareness (including partnerships with community organisations), education and training for the aged care workforce, research and advocacy.

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Aged care education 

Beyond Blue is actively working to support aged care staff to be able to detect and manage depression and anxiety among older people in their care.

With that in mind, we have developed several educational initiatives and resources for aged care staff, including the following:

Professional Education to Aged Care (PEAC) online program

The PEAC online program is an engaging e-learning program for aged care staff working in residential and community settings.

Aged care resources

Beyond Blue offers a free catalogue of resources for people, partners, family and friends, and for health professionals who work in mental health relating to older adults on depression, anxiety and suicide prevention.

Culturally adapted screening tools

Culturally adapted screening tools have been developed as part of a study funded by Beyond Blue and conducted by the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) that investigated the usefulness of the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) and the Geriatric Anxiety Inventory (GAI) in detecting late life depression and anxiety in community dwelling older Chinese migrants.

What works to promote emotional wellbeing in older people 

The What works to promote emotional wellbeing in older people – a review of the evidence on psychosocial interventions for older people booklet covers a range of interventions that can be used to promote emotional wellbeing or to help people with anxiety or depression. It summarises the strength of evidence for each intervention and gives case studies to show how the interventions have been used with older people. 

Training materials for volunteers in aged care  

Beyond Blue developed free training materials for volunteers that support older people in residential or community aged care settings. The materials are delivered by volunteer managers or coordinators as part of a volunteer’s orientation or ongoing training.

Our research relating to older adults

Research projects

Beyond Blue funds a variety of research which contributes to the understanding and knowledge of anxiety and depression in older adults, and regularly evaluates its projects targeting older adults.

More information on older adults

Beyond Blue works to equip older adults with the knowledge and skills to maintain their own good mental health and wellbeing, and recognise symptoms in people close to them, in order to prevent the development of a mental health condition.

Read more information, advice and personal stories of older adults' experiences with anxiety, depression and suicide.

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