What works to promote emotional wellbeing in older people: A guide for aged care staff working in community or residential care settings Report uri icon


  • This booklet has been designed for staff working in community or residential aged care services. It covers a range of interventions that can be used to promote emotional wellbeing or to help people with anxiety or depression. These interventions are grouped by type, for example, physical activity interventions, and interventions to do with music and the arts. Some interventions are supported by a lot of scientific evidence, but others are not. This booklet summarises the strength of evidence for the use of each intervention in each setting, and whether its usefulness has been shown for promoting emotional wellbeing, as well as specifically for depression and anxiety. Most sections include a short case study to help staff see how interventions may be used with older people in aged care settings. This booklet also includes a list of interventions that staff may want to consider if their clients or residents have dementia or memory loss. Finally, this booklet provides some advice to community and residential care staff on how to plan an evaluation of whether or not an intervention has made a difference. The booklet focuses on psychosocial interventions that can be used in community settings or residential care. Psychosocial interventions include any interventions that emphasise psychological or social approaches, rather than biological interventions such as medications.

publication date

  • 2014