With the festive season upon us, it’s time to make loneliness and social isolation among ageing Australians a public health priority, writes Kerry Mann.
Surely seniors living in residential aged care are among the loneliest because they’re not connected to what matters most for them, argues Ilsa Hampton.
As Dementia Awareness Month comes to a close, a leading aged care provider shares early results from a new model of care showing reduced isolation among residents living with the disease.
The isolation facing people living with dementia and their carers has been highlighted in a new survey that shows they are almost twice as likely to have high rates of loneliness.
Our facility has been adopting permaculture principles to develop a program that connects our elders and creates opportunities for engagement, write Michelle Royce and Gavin Harwood.
Family carers having homicidal thoughts about their loved one with dementia is a “real and significant phenomenon” according to world-first Australian research, which reaffirms the profound pressures facing carers.
This is a perfect exercise in doing away with the paperwork, picking up an audio recorder and asking the questions to bring out the voice that so urgently needs to be heard, writes Dr Maggie Haertsch.
With the Social Inclusion Unit disbanded, the onus is now on providers to find solutions to support the most vulnerable older people in the community, writes Sandra Hills and Amee Morgans.
TiVo’s national distributor plans to launch a television-based social networking system for seniors.