Wellbeing Programmes

Life Skills for Older Adults Programme

Are you over 65 and interested in learning more about your mental health and how to look after it?

What is the Life Skills for Older Adults Programme?

Based on the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), our Life Skills for Older Adults Programme is designed to help you learn more about how we think and how this can influence our actions in helpful or unhelpful ways.

The programme is delivered over the course of six weeks in 90 minute sessions. With the help of a series of easy-to-follow worksheets and expert guidance from a trained facilitator at each session, you can learn how to better manage the stress of everyday life, recognise and manage unhelpful thoughts, learn new ways of thinking and ultimately begin the journey to a healthier and more confident life.

This programme is suitable for you if you are aged 65+:

  • Experiencing anxiety or mild to moderate depression
  • OR simply looking to learning more about your mental health and how to look after it

We offer the programme in both a virtual and a face-to-face group setting, to allow you to choose the most convenient option for you.

Registering for the Life Skills Programme

Before signing up, we ask that participants are available to attend all six consecutive weeks of this programme.

This programme is not a substitute for CPD or teaching. Please do not register for this course as part of your professional training as you are taking a valuable space from someone who needs it. 

For the virtual programme, we ask all participants to turn on and leave their cameras on for the duration of the programme. Thank you.

There is a refundable booking fee of €30 for this programme (or €10 if you are a student, unemployed, over 65 or hold a medical card). You can request a refund by emailing info@aware.ie upon completion. Alternatively, if you enjoyed the course and are in a position to support Aware, you can leave your booking fee as a donation.

Programme registration is now open

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> Reliable Wi-Fi and a quiet area with some space to complete worksheets

> Arrange to print 26 worksheets that will be emailed to you prior to the start date

Zoom is compatible with smartphones and tablets, but we strongly recommend using a laptop or PC.

You will receive Zoom details in advance. If you do not receive communication from Aware after registering, check your spam/junk folder. If it is not to be found, please contact info@aware.ie.

If you do not have a zoom account, you will need to create an account and download the desktop app.

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Proven Results

The Life Skills Group Programme has been developed by Dr. Chris Williams, a Professor of Psychiatry and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at the University of Glasgow and recognised expert in the area of CBT.

The Life Skills programme has been independently evaluated by Aware. The evaluation showed a statistically significant improvement in participants’ self-reported levels of anxiety and depression after completing the programme.

This means that participants of the Life Skills programme reported less levels of anxiety and depression after completing the programme.

Life Skills is also consistent with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines for the treatment of depression and anxiety. NICE is an organisation which provides independent, authoritative and evidence-based guidance on the most effective ways to prevent, diagnose and treat ill-health.

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