Positive Ageing

Developing resilience & well-being for later life

PosageinglogoAgeing has a really bad press, but is it really as bad as much of the media makes out? And is there anything that we can do to make our later years happier and healthier?  Research in the field of positive psychology and social gerontology has demonstrated that how we feel about our ageing process can have a very significant influence on it. If we approach it negatively – we are likely to have some pretty poor outcomes. If we develop a more positive mindset and approach however, the evidence is clear that we are much more likely to live healthier and happier lives in old age.

The Positive Ageing Workshop is a resource for companies and communities. It will give you a much better understanding of the realities of ageing and equip you with the tools to navigate this stage in life in the best possible way. This course is not about pension planning or how to occupy your leisure time – these can be found elsewhere. Instead this course breaks new ground and gets to the heart of the matter. It helps people look at the emotional and psychological dimensions of ageing – to feel good and make the best of life’s third act.

On completion of this course you will have:-

  • A better understanding of ageing – the myths and the realities
  • Explored your own deeper thoughts and feelings about your impending old age
  • Learned a range of practical and well evidenced techniques to improve your choices and wellbeing in later life

“I am very glad I came – wasn’t at all sure I was wanting to think about ageing at all.”

In a typical day long course we :-

  • Explore the whole question of ageing – what it is, how it happens and how people tend to think about it. We delve into what the research evidence tells us about ‘successful ageing’ and how to improve health and wellbeing in later life
  • Look at where you are now in your life and what your expectations and ideas are for the future
  • Learn a number of techniques to strengthen your resilience to the challenges that old age can throw up. Like ways of developing a more optimistic mindset, increasing our sense of gratitude and savouring the numerous good things that happen in our lives
  • Develop a positive direction for this next phase in our lives. At the point of retirement people typically have another 20 to 30 years left, most of which is likely to be lived in good health. It makes sense to spend a little time to work out how best to live this ‘third act’ to the best of our abilities.

“I feel like I’ve learnt some helpful hints to take forward.  It’s been very affirming.”

The course is delivered by:-

Miriam Akhtar – a leading practitioner of positive psychology in the UK and one of the first positive psychologists in Europe. She is the author of 4 books and one of a hundred global experts who contributed to The World Book of Happiness, sent to 200 world leaders. She works with the Daily Telegraph & Dove on Positive Ageing campaigns. Read her Telegraph article on Happiness Habits for Later Life.

Guy Robertson – is a leading light in the field of positive ageing. He has reviewed the research in a wide range of disciplines related to ‘successful ageing’ and has distilled his findings into a practical handbook for change in later life called – How to age positively: a handbook for personal change in later life.

“I thought the exercises were really useful and well structured.”

Positive Ageing, 1 day course

  • Personal discovery – exploring your attitude to ageing
  • The science of positive ageing – busting the myths about later life.
  • Building resilience to overcome the disadvantages of old age
  • Optimism practices to challenge pessimism and grow our confidence in later life
  • Emotional well-being – how to feel positive as we age
  • Positive directions – future planning to realise the potential of our later years

“I liked the balance between input and experiential work.”

“Really useful to look at what was for me a daunting subject in a stimulating and exciting way.  Lots of food for further thought, which is also great.”

1 to 1 coaching support can be offered as an additional service to manage transitions, help plan for a positive future and realise the potential of our later years

“Thanks for the opportunity to raise the issues and start the journey of delving into common areas.”

“I thought the exercises were really useful and well structured.”



In 2016 we are running a pilot programme in Positive Ageing & Resilience Training with the Gulbenkian Foundation as part of their Transitions in Later Life initiative. If you would like to participate in a free 2-day course, an 8-week webinar course or an 8-session face-to-face course in Bristol, please get in touch. It is open to over 55s and you will get to play a part in shaping the course for future participants.

To find out more about any of these courses contact:-

Miriam Akhtar – miriam@positivepsychologytraining.co.uk  or Guy Robertson – guyrobertson@positiveageing.org.uk