Ageing expert takes Baby Boomer message on the road
TACKLING the hard issues with directness, tinged with moments of humour, gerontologist Dr Drew Dwyer is taking his 'ageing well' message on the road.
Dr Dwyer's tour is based on his presentation of the enlightening material in his first "consumer" book, Ageing in the New Age - A Survival Guide for Baby Boomers.
"What has driven me to write the book is the increase in the number of consumers that are quite confused about the changes by the government, the councils, the services, the systems that are going to be provided as we move into an ageing population," Dr Dwyer said.
"There are a number of cohorts we deal with in the ageing population; Baby Boomers who are aged 52 to72, Silent Generation which are 72 to 92 and then the Great Generation which are 92 to OMG."
"The government has been doing a long process of reform for the last five to eight years in preparation for the Baby Boomer generation which in Australia there are about 6.5 million. There are about 3.5 million people over 65 who are about to enter care, retirement and nursing home services," he added.
As the push from the government is to keep seniors healthy and active at home through the delivery of its consumer-directed care plan, until they move into a hospice type environment during end-of-life, Dr Dwyer wants to see the Baby Boomers quickly educated on ageing well, happily and own and plan the final stage of their life.
"To be absolutely in control of it," Dr Dwyer said.
To that end the sometimes comical, seven-foot two tall former Army nurse and self-confessed "not your average doctor" will be delivering his show at RSLs in Queensland and then inter-state.
He will cover subjects from his book including knowing generations, building and strengthening emotional intelligence, the facts of ageing and what is healthy ageing, sex and sexual health, dementia, financial issues in ageing and retirement plus death and dying.
"I need to get this information into the hands, ears, eyes and senses of the Boomers because, if you allow the government to just run its course through the providers, the information is broken, it's not real, it's dressed up, it's something else and it's quite confusing," Dr Dwyer said. "And then when the client goes in to try work the system, they meet so many barriers so they disengage and move away from it.
"It's time this information be disseminated to the power of the people; they need to use it more than anybody."
The first show is at the Caloundra RSL on February 1. Other show dates and book information is at www.dr-drew.com.