As communities cautiously reengage after years of pandemic isolation, COTA VIC is encouraging older Australians to discover the health boosting power of life enjoyed with a four legged friend by their side. BIANCA ROBERTS reports
A recent study has found that loneliness is a greater challenge in widowhood than social isolation or lack of social support, and strategies that help the bereaved form a new sense of identity could be beneficial.
Australian Multicultural Community Services has been working to tackle loneliness in the community, awarding two cash prizes to members of the community who have come up with some promising strategies to mitigate the condition.
Loneliness is a significant contributor to the onset of mental health conditions and can seriously impact peoples' physical wellbeing. A NARI research team has developed a three-tiered approach to addressing loneliness in older Australians, which will be used as the basis of ongoing research initiatives and outreach programs. BIANCA ROBERTS reports
Released on Friday, the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre's 'Stronger Together: Loneliness and social connectedness in Australia' report has revealed overall social connectivity in Australia, which had been in steady decline for the past decade, decreased dramatically during the pandemic, with associated poor health outcomes costing up to $2.7 billion each year.
Over the past 18 months of COVID lockdowns, many of us have experienced the heaviness of loneliness — missing family, friends, and meaningful social contact. But even before the pandemic, loneliness was a daily experience for almost 20per cent of older Australians, particularly those over 75.
A little bit of imagination may be the key to overcoming motivation deficits associated with depression, loneliness and sedentary lifestyles, according to new research from The University of Western Australia (UWA).