Ageing well in Wanneroo: Promoting social engagement amongst older people at risk of social isolation
School of Medical and Health Sciences
Facilitating opportunities for social engagement and alleviating social isolation are important strategies to promote healthy ageing. For this reason, governments across Australia have developed a range of programs to promote older people’s social engagement and minimise social isolation. For example, the Home and Community Care Program (HACC) supports community-dwelling frail older people to participate in community-based social activities. However, there is a potential gap in programs for older people (60+ years) who are not eligible for HACC, but nevertheless experience difficulties in participating in local activities and maintaining social connections and support networks. This may be a particular issue for those who, having recently retired, experience reduced opportunities to develop new connections.