Currently over three million Australian adults are aged 65+ years and this number is set to increase significantly over the coming decades. A growing challenge facing Australia is how to ensure the physical and mental health, and wellbeing of Australians as they age. beyondblue commission a research project to examine effective ways of reducing social isolation and/or loneliness. The report incorporated initiatives and projects which addressed the issue based on a whole of community approach: Life Activities Clubs were identified as significant contributors in the area of ameliorate isolation and loneliness for older people at the community level.
For the full report go to www.beyondblue.org.au/ and search for social isolation in older adults.