28 February 2009

New social research by Benevolent Society

Older people’s social lives in focus
Benevolent Society: 25 February 2008
A brand new information resource looking at the importance of older people’s social networks has been launched by NSW Minister for Ageing Paul Lynch.

The paper “Promoting Social Networks for Older People in Community Aged Care” outlines how the presence or absence of social contacts can have a significant impact on health and wellbeing. For instance, older people who are socially isolated experience higher levels of depression and lower morale than those who are more connected with family, friends and their community.

Prepared by The Benevolent Society and the Social Policy Research Centre, the paper draws together existing research about older people’s social networks, and looks at how this can be used by aged care workers and service providers. … > full story

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