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.
Measuring factors like loneliness, connection to friends and family, sense of purpose and community engagement can easily be incorporated into home care assessments and can result in happier clients and better services, a study has found
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.
Aged care facilities should be well placed to tackle social isolation yet research shows seniors who live in residential care report feeling lonelier than those in the community, write Peter Birkett, Andrea Dunlop and David Edvardsson.
A new survey has highlighted the social isolation and stigma felt by people with dementia and their informal carers.
The Commonwealth should extend the Community Visitors Scheme to cover the Commonwealth Home Support Program and seniors waiting for a home care package, a government-commissioned review says.
One of the early adopters of a British approach to dementia care is reporting positive outcomes at its aged care facilities in Brisbane and Canberra, while the model’s founder seeks more Australian facilities to get on board.
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.
A new report has highlighted the importance of an integrated community response, including that of aged care services, to address social isolation and loneliness among older people.
Quality of care has a relationship to quality of life but if we only measure clinical outcomes without considering psychosocial wellbeing then we’re failing to drive a broader reform agenda, write Dr Maggie Haertsch and Dr Sophie Dilworth.
Isolation has major mental health and physical impacts on older people, yet limited funding and a prioritising of the physical needs of community care clients act as significant barriers to addressing the social wellbeing of individuals.
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.
At a time in Australia when there are staggeringly high rates of loneliness in seniors in both residential and community care, we need to pay attention to what we mean by care and refocus our attention on the experience of living as we age, writes Dr Maggie Haertsch.
Husbands may be more of an annoyance than a comfort for women aged over 85, but everyone loves the company of friends, according to new research on social relationships and emotional wellbeing by Flinders University.