What we know

Resilience in older adults can be defined as the ability to ‘bounce back’ and recover physical and/or psychological health in the face of adversity. Health professionals often have significant interaction with older adults in times of adversity, especially in a palliative care context, and are in a position to influence a person’s resilience. Enhancing social support systems and focussing upon feelings of self-worth and identity can assist in developing improved coping strategies for the individual and therefore and increase their sense of resilience.

What can I do?

Encourage family to maintain social connection and encourage or promote activities.

Recognise the contribution of families and carers in supporting older people.

Provide information on volunteer support services such as the Community Visitors Scheme.

Investigate whether respite care may assist a carer to continue as a carer for longer or with more ease.

Encourage the maintenance and development of social networks for older people living in the community.

Support older people asking for local engagement.

Support referral to allied health via the chronic disease management program and under the Better Access to Mental Health Care Initiative.


What can I learn?

Read about Resilience in the Elderly.

Watch this YouTube video Resilience but what is it? Here's 5 ways to build resilience.

Watch this 30-minute video about the Community Visitors Scheme, Fostering social inclusion through the Community Visitors Scheme.


What can my organisation do?

Promote the Community Visitors Scheme to recipients of community-care.

Consider the resilience of staff.

Page updated 24 April 2020