Welcome to WellElder
WellElder believes that we all face challenges as we age. We are never too old to learn new skills, change behaviour, grow in insight and understanding or maintain good emotional health. Older people are often challenged to cope with a number of significant changes, sometimes simultaneously, eg: their own reducing physical capabilities, becoming a carer for their spouse and shrinking social networks and opportunities.
Older people are used to getting on with life themselves, but a skilled professional is surprisingly easy to talk to and can help us to:
- Move through depression
- Reduce anxiety and/or stress
- Make our own decisions about issues we are finding challenging
- Improve our relationships
- Develop our sense of wellbeing
- Come to terms with events and decisions in our lives
No issue is too big or too small - our relationships, the loss of friends and family, where we live, memories that we live with, coping with the daily demands of life, anxiety or depression - whatever it is that we face can be brought to counselling.
Our counsellors are all very experienced and interested in working with older adults and know the issues many of us face as we age:
- Health challenges
- Changing relationships with partners, adult children and others
- Living arrangements - whether and how to remain living independently in our home or to move to a retirement village or rest home
- Grief - the loss of friends, family, physical abilities, drivers' licence
WellElder fondly farewelled Graham Miller, our founding board member who worked diligently and established this much needed counseling service.
Thank you to Allen+Clarke for their provision of pro bono support to evaluate our constitution and Board review. We appreciate the support and input into this mahi for Well Elder.
Thank you to Tregaskis Brown for their provision of pro bono support to facilitate a strategic meeting for WellElder.
WellElder is a community trust providing specialist counselling for older people from Wellington through to Kapiti.
We run groups on topics related to making the best of life as we age.
We also develop group programmes on request for interested groups or organisations.
We publish quarterly information sheets about our work. These describe different elements of our specialist counselling for older people.
If you are a health professional, support worker, social worker or field worker and wish to refer a patient or client, please use one of our referral forms.
How You can Help Us
You can help WellElder by: