Adults and Older Adults

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The course was developed for adults 18 years of age and older. It has been successfully delivered to age-specific groups (adults over 50 and young adults in a training program) faith-based organizations, in aboriginal communities, etc.

The skills, strategies, and news ways of thinking about yourself work for all adults in a wide range of situations and stages of life The experienced Living Life to the Full facilitator will tailor the exercises and examples to the group, making it more relevant to participants. Youth, older adults, new Canadian, parents, employees, retirees, teachers, community groups, and volunteers are just some of the groups who have benefited from the course.

Living Life to the Full for Older Adults

Older adults face particular life challenges such as loss of family and friends, loneliness, caregiving, physical ad chronic health issues and transition to retirement. There are very few resources or services to support older adults and help them maintain good mental health. Living Life to the Full has successfully been delivered to older adults in residential settings and community centres.

In 2014, The Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division partnered with the Older Adult Centres Association of Ontario and offered the course in 16 locations, reaching 375 adults. The project was a success and participants experienced a reduction in anxiety and depression, and saw their general well-being improve.

Participants also reported they: 

  • learned new skills for coping with stress
  • improved their problem-solving skills
  • met new people
  • saw improvements in their mood.

More than 90% of participants said Living Life to the Full helped them deal more efficiently with their problems, were satisfied with the service they received, and would recommend the course to a friend .

Want to know more about the project? More info here, poster here.

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