Consumer lobby group National Seniors has launched an online resource to help connect older people to evidence-based information on healthy ageing.

The Healthy Ageing Hub provides information and guidelines on managing chronic conditions and resources to support a healthier lifestyle and behaviour change.

The information is based on a scientific review of the latest evidence conducted by the Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing at the Australian National University.

National Seniors research director Professor John McCallum said the hub aims to facilitate access to trusted information on healthy ageing covering areas such as diet, lifestyle, physical activity, mental health and social interaction.

“A lot of people think that maintaining an active social life is just an optional extra as you age,” Professor McCallum said.

“But there’s a lot of scientific evidence to link a good social life with positive thinking and emotions and as a real support in times of stress and emotional problems.

“To age well, people need to cut what’s called their disease burden, which reflects the number of years of life lost to premature death, as well as years lost to disability and the inability to perform everyday functions independently,” Professor McCallum said.

The hub provides information and resources on five chronic conditions especially implicated in disease burden in Australia: cardiovascular disease, dementia, cancer, diabetes and chronic kidney disease.

Access the online resource here.

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