As part of the Canterbury Bankstown Cares program for Mental Health Month 2016, Older Women's Network NSW are hosting a free community event where our two guest speakers who will share simple strategies to nourish the ageing mind.
10:00am - 11:00am Nicola Gates PhD - A Brain for Life
How we live has a powerful effect on our brain. So by making simple lifestyle changes, we can keep our brains strong as we age and reduce our risk of dementia. And the good news is that it’s never too late to start. Learn how to optimise your brain health today and reduce your risk of dementia tomorrow.
Nicola Gates PhD is a clinical neuropsychologist, neuroscientist, and conjoint lecturer with the Centre of Healthy Brain Ageing UNSW. She earned her Doctorate in Neuropsychiatry investigating physical exercise, cognitive training and psychological wellbeing for dementia prevention and continues to investigate health promotion and disease prevention. Nicola has recently published a book combining the latest evidence for brain and mind health - A Brain for Life (ABC Books). When not researching and promoting wellbeing Nicola continues to improve individuals’ lives through her private clinic Brain and Mind Psychology in Sydney.
11:00am - 11:20am Morning tea break
11:20am - 12:20am Peter White PhD - Connectedness with Nature, Self & Spirit
Learn how to create mental resilience in the face of personal and social challenges. Join Peter as he discusses human and nature connectedness and how this contributes to mental health, personal growth and life meaning. He will outline simple ways in which to manage stress, anxiety and depression through mindfulness and connection.
Peter White is an environmental writer and facilitator of NatureConnect programs. With degrees in ecology (BSc), sustainability (MSc) and Ecopsychology (PhD), Peter has worked in the environmental planning field for over 20 years, as well as participating in environmental campaigns and community activism. Since graduating with a PhD in 2010, Peter has written a book about nature connection (In the Presence of Nature) and facilitated numerous nature connection sessions for groups in Sydney.