Community Outreach Workshop

The Centre for Ageing Studies organized a three-day training workshop from the 1st – 3rd of May, 2019. This was held in the basement of the Great Hall. The goal of this year’s training programme was to enhance elder care in the Ghanaian society, communities, home, church, and nursing homes. The target population included professional care-givers as well as lay persons responsible for the care of at least one elderly person. The workshop was attended by 44 people from churches, nursing homes, and schools. Topics treated included:

Cognitive Changes in Ageing; Ageing, Health and Stress; Ageing and Spirituality; Social Support /Understanding and caring for the elderly; Retirement Planning; Emotional wellbeing and Ageing; Sexuality and Ageing; Dementia; and Fitness and Ageing.

Presenters included Prof. C. C. Mate-Kole, the Director of the Centre for Ageing Studies; Dr. Akosua Agyemang, a lecturer in Social Work and Social Gerontologist; Dr. Akye Essuman, a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Community Medicine, UGSMD and Geriatrician; Dr. Araba Sefa-Dedeh, a retired Senior Lecturer and Clinical Psychologist; Dr. Collins Badu Agyemang, a lecturer at the Psychology Department, University of Ghana; and Rev. Dr. Samuel Ayete-Nyampong, the Clerk of the Presbyterian Church, Ghana. They are all members of the Centre for Ageing Studies.

Participants expressed their gratitude for the experience and requested for more training workshops in the near future. In light of this, the Centre plans on holding many more training sessions for all and sundry.