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International Day of Friendship a timely reminder to nurture relationships at every stage of life

On International Day of Friendship, social worker Lajan Maharjan shares the observed benefits of social connections for the health and wellbeing of elders.

Pets wonderful means of helping elders exercise, engage and reduce their social isolation

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

Study suggests strategies important for mitigating loneliness after spousal loss

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.

AMCS competition winners helping ward off loneliness with creative and imaginative ideas

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.

NARI researchers are delving into the causes of loneliness in older Australians and providing help to address it

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

NARI workshop to examine strategies for tackling loneliness in aged care

Next Tuesday, February 22, from 9:30am to 12pm, the National Ageing Research Institute will host a workshop titled 'Strategies for tackling loneliness in aged care'.

Pandemic has increased loneliness among Australians, costing up to $2.7 billion per year

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.

The fluffy robotic companion pets bringing laughter, play and so much more to many in aged care

Loneliness, depression and dementia in older Australians are all too often treated with pharmaceutical interventions. But in the wake of the Royal Commission, which identified...

‘I tell everyone I love being on my own, but I hate it’: what older Australians want you to know about loneliness

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.

Visualising yourself carrying out activities can help with motivation – new study

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).

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