OPTEACH

OLDER PERSON PATHWAY


I’ve been asked to be involved in an education session, what does that mean?

You will be talking to students or nurses/carers so that they can learn more about your experience of ageing.
You may be talking to them:

  • Face-to-face.
  • One-on-one.
  • In a small group (2 to 5 people).
  • In a large group (10 to 50 people).
  • Being recorded on a video.
  • Having your voice recorded.
  • Sharing your photographs.

What could nurses and carers learn from me?

YOU are the best person to tell your story! You are the expert on your life, your health and your situation.
In fact:

  • Your lived experience and knowledge about life will help nurses and carers learn what it feels like to age.
  • You are NOT just a body to fix.
  • You are a complete human being with whom they are interacting.
  • You are a unique representation of your generation, culture and gender.

What if I don’t feel comfortable speaking in public?

You can agree to participate on your terms. Talk to the organiser or educator about your feelings and negotiate some alternatives:
How about you:

  • Speak to a few people instead of a large group?
  • Have your story or image captured and then shared with the larger group?
  • Have your carer or support person come with you to the session?
  • Refuse the offer to participate.

If I agree now, can I change my mind?

Absolutely! You have rights. Empower yourself by reading the information on the Rights of the Older Person page.

What else should I consider?

There are some other things you might like to discuss with the organiser ahead of time. For instance, let them know if you have difficulties hearing or seeing people at a distance, if you’re likely to need access to a toilet, or have dietary or other needs. Talk to them about what will help you to feel the most comfortable and confident.