Undertaken in partnership with CatholicCare Sydney, this project aimed to better understand older adults’ views on what ageing well means.

It explored whether the series of Ageing Well masterclasses for seniors, run by CatholicCare Sydney in partnership with Catholic Healthcare and Grief Care, could support seniors' wellbeing during their ageing journey.

The final report finds that the masterclasses were effective in helping expand seniors' views on healthy ageing and that being well informed about the process of ageing supported their wellbeing. The seniors who participated in the study generally described themselves as ageing well, with the biggest factor in ageing well being connectedness to family and friends and having enough physical and mental health to maintain social connections. Participants expressed a desire to age in their local area and wanted information and resources to help support them in this. They reported that they would also benefit from more advice around feeling safe on the internet, identifying and managing abuse, and grief and loss, which is a topic they had thought about. The report recommends that as the masterclasses meet a need for older adults, they should continue to be offered in an expanded format with additional information on the identified topics of need.


CatholicCare Sydney

Project team
  • Mr David Stefanoff - Executive Manager, Funding Office, CatholicCare Sydney
  • Ms Kerryn Tutt - General Manager, Clinical Therapies and Disability Services, CatholicCare Sydney
  • Associate Professor Jenneke Foottit - School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, ACU
  • Associate Professor Bernadette Tobin - Plunkett Centre for Ethics, ACU
  • Dr Jill Cox, ACU Engagement
  • Ms Vivien Cinque, ACU Engagement

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