Title

Ageing well in Wanneroo: Promoting social engagement amongst older people at risk of social isolation

Document Type

Report

School

School of Medical and Health Sciences

RAS ID

25979

Comments

Originally published as:

Dare, J., Wilkinson, C., Marquis, R., & O'Sullivan, H. (2016). Ageing well in Wanneroo: Promoting social engagement amongst older people at risk of social isolation. Wanneroo, Western Australia: City of Wanneroo.

Abstract

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.

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