Body, Mind & Spirit Lifestyle Program

Mrs Joy Leggo

Multicultural Aged Care Services Geelong (macs), North Geelong, VIC


Imagine living in an environment where; your wellbeing is the number one priority, you are surrounded by friends who represent 57 different nationalities and your body, mind and spirit are nurtured on a daily basis.
Always looking to improve, in late 2015 MACS commenced a review of its Lifestyle Program – the weekly schedule of residents activities. A Project Officer was engaged to complete the review and ensure the program was aligned with MACS’ core values of diversity, dignity, integrity, respect and empowerment. As a result, an innovative, coordinated program was developed focussing on delivering these values through Body, Mind and Spirit concepts with new activities introduced including Mindful Moves Program. The program runs for four days a week with two sessions held daily. It empowers residents to have more control over their health at a time when they often feel their independence is being diminished. Mindful Moves incorporates elements of pilates, yoga, Tai Chi, strength training, balance and flexibility exercises and a walking track. Care staff have noted that participants are more engaged, calmer, happier and are creating connections with other residents.
Other new activities include in-house concerts from the Melbourne Recital Centre and an Artist in Residence Program.


Joy Leggo is the founding CEO of Multicultural Aged Care Services Geelong Inc. (MACS), a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the provision of excellence in care to meet the diverse needs of the multicultural community. Joy has lead the MACS team since it opened in 1994 with 40 low care beds. MACS now cares for over 250 people in a multiple of community and residential settings. Joy holds a Master of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Health Administration and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and also participates in a number of Boards as a Director in the Social Welfare Sector. Joy’s specific interest is in ensuring the cultural and linguistic needs of our diverse community are cared for in a sensitive and respectful environment.


Mr Paul Brophy

Brotherhood Of St. Laurence, Clifton Hill, VIC


Paul’s talk will focus on how he has arranged events twice a year since 2006 for fifteen aged care homes. The events are held at the Collinwood Town Hall, average attendance is 300 people, from 15 homes.
The common ingreditance to these great events is music, song and dance.
Primary and Secondary schools participate, the media are attracted to these positive aged care events, Father Bob McQuire opens the events.
Paul will introduce one of the care recipients from the aged care home who will talk about her life and why she engages in the events. conference participants will be spell bound by Janine’s story.


Paul Brophy, manages Sambell Lodge for the Brotherhood of St. Laurence, Sambell Lodge is a 43 bed facility for people who have experienced homelessness, mental health and or alcohol abuse.
Paul Brophy has worked with the less fortunate for over 20 years, his passion for his work is unmistakable as weill be seen in his talk
Paul has a nursing qualification and apart from managing the facility, staging the events, he also makes time to take his residents out to assist in the local food van.

Everyone car sing: If you can talk, you can sing!

Ms Margaret Aldous

Chief Executive/director Of Nursing, Cooinda, Benalla, VIC

For the past six years, Cooinda’s care recipients have combined with Benalla’s FCJ Secondary College Year 7 students in a chorus of voice and celebration of storytelling and recording.
FCJ’s students rehearse at Cooinda weekly for six weeks during their lunch hour, led by a choir conductor / FCJ teacher. Students and residents are buddied to support each other in preparation for the final concert.
The students and resident participate heartily in the practices, enjoying the singing whilst developing friendships, understanding and tolerance for one another. This wonderful opportunity for social connectedness and inclusiveness between the generations is palpable.
During the period of rehearsals, Year 10 FCJ students spend time with some of the residents to hear and record their life stories, memories and reflections.
Whilst the real joy is in the friendships developed over the weeks, the ultimate outcome is the power of a shared voice bridging the generations and compassionate story telling in front of a live audience, filled to capacity, at Benalla’s Performing Arts Centre.
In 2017, the Cooinda and FCJ College groups combined to shoot a feel good film clip which has been viewed 25,000 times over the past four days.


Margaret Aldous is the Chief Executive/Director of Nursing of Cooinda in Benalla.
Cooinda, a not for profit facility, offers a continuum of care from independent living,
home and residential care.

Margaret completed her nursing training at the Alfred Hospital and Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne.
She has Bachelor of Nursing (post registration), Masters of Health Management and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Company Directors Course. Previously she completed the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency Assessors Course.

Margaret has extensive experience in senior nurse management roles. These have included acute,
aged care, palliative care and quality. Prior to moving to Cooinda she was the Quality Manager at Benalla Health. She was responsible for the initial development of the Palliative Care Service in Benalla.

She has undertaken extensive education in Mindfulness and Mindfulness in leadership.
She is a qualified meditation teacher.

Preventing the poorer health outcomes of loneliness in older age by providing creative avenues for purpose driven self-engagement

Mr Chris Mead1, Ms Stephanie Finn1

1Arts Health Agency/ Creature Tales

International research reveals the impacts of loneliness and social isolation in older age increases hospital visitations, early age care admissions, dementia, disease and death rates.

This presentation addresses our approach to “doing” with older people rather than to, or for them; normalising intergenerational exchange as a social tonic and creative participation as the tapestry to building stronger, more socially exclusive communities.

Our work focuses on the transitions of later life collaborating with partners in the arts and community sectors to prevent poor social health and support individuals to rekindle past skills and reconnect to likeminded communities.

Examples of past and present projects will demonstrate innovative approaches to building social capital and connections aimed at nurturing improved management of individual self-care.

The Billy Project ~ Age Care residents have purpose in supporting Prep students transitioning to full time schooling.

The Big Widow Project ~ Age Care residents contribute support and befriend long term job seekers.

Carnival of the Here and Now ~ Raising the visibility and capacity of older people’s contribution to arts and culture in a public event defying ageism.

Chris Mead and Stephanie Finn are national award winning creative producers in community health and cultural development. Arts Health Agency is a not for profit organisation addressing the social and economic impacts of loneliness in older age advocating for accessible creative participation to compliment health care at any stage of life.


The Meander Valley Festival of Creative Ageing – Thriving aged care communities through arts and health programs

Mrs Alexandra Morse1

1Aged Care Deloraine

The presentation will review ‘The Meander Valley Festival of Creative Ageing’ in 2016 and 2017.  The festival was not only the first creative ageing festival in Tasmania, but also the first Creative Ageing Festival in Australia to be initiated by an aged care organization, rather than local government. During 5 days, 22 creative arts events occurred in Deloraine, Tasmania including fine arts, music immersion, intergenerational arts workshops, 4 art exhibitions, wine and cheese evening, movement to music, educational forums, radio broadcasts, choirs and a celebration dinner across 9 community venues in the district.  Each event was hosted by numerous organizations and community groups who support older adults living in the Deloraine district, however coordinated by Aged Care Deloraine. Through case studies, the presentation will explore how the festival inspired both staff and residents in Aged Care Deloraine’s homes and increased family involvement and satisfaction in their relative’s care. increased motivation of staff occurred, in addition to job satisfaction and gaining a deeper understanding of residents needs beyond basic care requirements. Increased organizational engagement with professional artists and arts organizations has allowed arts to become central to every day happenings in the homes.

Alexandra Morse is a registered music therapist, practicing in North and North West Tasmania. She holds a Bachelor of Music Therapy from the University of Tasmania. Alexandra specializes in dementia and palliative care in both residential and community aged care facilities.  Alexandra is a passionate advocate for quality creative arts programs to increase quality of life in older adults. She conducts a number of unique music therapy programs including intergenerational playgroups, personalized music on iPods, music listening applications on iPads, movement to music, choir therapy, Montessori and music groups and community engagement through music programs. Alexandra has run music therapy and creative ageing workshops in Tasmania, Adelaide, regional Victoria and Brisbane for older adults and their caregivers.


‘Life in Rhythm’. Sharing our five year journey as a drum group

Miss Lila Meleisea1

1Medea Park Residential Care

Medea Park Residential Care’s ‘Life in Rhythm’ drum group first performed to an audience of 300 at a state wide Early Years conference.  It was one resident’s first performance ever – at 83 years of age.

Since that time, this group has shared the stage with a teenage boys body percussion group and collaborated with the local school, supporting a Primary school DRUMBEAT program. They have shared regular music sessions with children (ages 0-5), and been part of a 70 member strong percussion ensemble for St Helens District High School’s end of year presentation assembly. Most recently, they have recorded a sound track with esteemed musician Pete Cornelius, with a film clip in the pipeline.

We intend to not only share and celebrate this ‘Life in Rhythm’ journey with you through images and story, but also want to offer you skills and ideas to take back to your own facility and community, because rhythm IS a powerful tool for not only self expression but also for group and community connection. Medea Park’s ‘Life in Rhythm’ group have reached 100s of people who have all: witnessed beauty; heard power; and felt deep love and respect. All through rhythmic creative expression.

Medea Park is a 55 bed residential aged care facility situated on the north east coast of Tasmania. Five years ago they invited Lila Meleisea to work with them.

Lila has worked in Tasmania’s Break O’ Day Municipality since 2001. She has weaved her unique musical, creative and personal skills, and understandings, through community to promote positive connections – teaching, empowering and inspiring individuals of all ages.

She holds a Bachelor in Music Performance and Primary Education, and is a TaKeTiNa Rhythm and DRUMBEAT facilitator. Currently she works part time in the Education Department, runs movement and mediation workshops, and is also a homemaker and mother of two beautiful girls.

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