New program to address loneliness in older people

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Published September 12 2019

A new pilot program to support older adults is live today for R U OK Day.

Living Well, Ageing Well supports healthy ageing, is free and open to anyone 50 years and over living in northern metropolitan Melbourne.

Project coordinator Joanna Pankhurst said the program comes in response to an increase in isolation and loneliness being experienced by older adults.

"R U OK day is an opportunity to start meaning conversations and connect people with community. As people age, they face different issues like health conditions or lack of transport that make it difficult to get involved in the community.

“Living Well, Ageing Well helps connect people to local groups and activities, and we also visit people in their homes to work through barriers to keep them connected," said Joanna. 

The 2019 national wellbeing report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare found an estimated 1 in 4 Australians are currently experiencing an episode of loneliness.

The program is a phased approach that will see resources, one-on-one support and a calendar of events rolled out shortly. Social and activity groups will follow.

For more information and to access support, visit Healthy ageing at 50+.