Older People, Families and Carers

Many older people have experienced trauma at some point, whether recently or in the past. It can be more difficult for them to manage trauma, if they’re also experiencing loss, grief, or dementia.

On this page:
Information about Trauma, Loss and Grief
Information about Trauma and Dementia
Helping an Older Person affected by Trauma

Trauma, Loss and Grief

Many experiences can cause grief and trauma in later life, and can impact the health and wellbeing of an older person. Find out how to support someone experiencing trauma, grief and loss.

Trauma and Dementia

People living with dementia can have difficulty coping with loss and trauma because it’s harder for them to communicate, make sense of painful memories or feel safe. Find out how you can support people living with both dementia and trauma.

Trauma and Dementia Fact Sheet Trauma and Dementia in
Aged Care Webinar
Trauma and Dementia video

Helping Older People with Trauma

Support from family and friends is crucial for recovery from trauma. If you are caring for someone who has been affected by trauma, there are some simple things you can do to help.