Positive Ageing

A Positive Approach to 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 shown 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 however, the evidence is clear that we are much more likely to live healthier and happier lives.

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 it breaks new ground and gets to the heart of the matter, helping people look at the emotional and psychological dimensions of ageing and make the best of life’s third act, as Jane Fonda memorably describes it in this compelling TED talk.

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, maybe even consider an ‘encore’ career.

“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 campaigner for Positive Ageing. Read her article in the Daily Telegraph on Happiness Habits for Later Life.

Guy Robertson is Editor of Working with Older People and has done a lot of the thinking for local and national government departments on older people services. He has reviewed the research related to ‘successful ageing’ and 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
  • Exploring the encore – 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.”

This course can be booked to be delivered in-house and is tailored to suit the needs of the organisation. If you want to participate in a course you are welcome to attend one of our open courses – the Positive Psychology Masterclass or the online Positive Psychology Foundations.

We are working with the Gulbenkian Foundation and the Centre for Ageing Better on their Transitions in Later Life  strand.

This 3-year project, from 2015 to 2018, is designed to test initiatives that help people develop greater resilience for the transitions that happen as we get older, for example from working to not working.

Positive Ageing & Resilience Training was piloted as an 8-session course, a 6-session workshop, a 2-day course and an online course. Read the evaluation of the pilot.