NSW health promotion organisation ACON is hosting a free community event for older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people to help reduce social isolation and promote social connection.
A new mobile phone app is available to encourage people to prioritise their social relationships as a powerful way to improve their overall health.
The social robot Matilda can be used to effectively engage aged care residents living with dementia, according to the results of an Australian trial.
From residential and community aged care providers to sporting and cultural bodies, all community organisations need a charter for supporting our older citizens, argues Daniella Greenwood.
An initiative to improve the take up of home care packages by older indigenous Australians in Sydney’s west has been recognised in this year’s Better Practice Awards.
Pet care for people experiencing homelessness, NDIS readiness workshops targeting culturally diverse clients and a project to support small-scale business ventures driven by older women are among the innovative community projects that have secured a funding boost to further their work.
New research conducted by The Benevolent Society has evaluated the wellbeing of home and community care clients and found significant levels of psychological distress and social isolation.
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.
Researchers say billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money would be saved every year, and Australians would be much healthier, if the World Health Organisation’s recommendations to improve health through all areas of government policy were adopted.
A newly created social isolation taskforce, led by Benetas, is looking for examples of programs and initiatives that demonstrate best practice in combating social isolation among the elderly.
Leichhardt Municipal Council claims to have built Sydney’s first exercise park for seniors, as the NSW government prepares to launch a whole-of-government ageing strategy.
Shortly after Minister Butler’s promotion was announced, he addressed the media and answered questions on what the political move means to him. Read the transcript of his speech, the media’s questions and the minister’s responses.
A national roundtable event involving both experts and lay people has identified the need for a coordinated approach to addressing the problem of social isolation among older Australians
A diverse range of key stakeholders, including older people themselves, will discuss ways aged care providers can fight social isolation at a forum in Melbourne next month.