Social and community links

Drivers of healthy and active ageing

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Australia’s population, like that of other developed nations, is ageing. Strong social and community connections in later life are associated with wellness and functionality, which can lead to an overall improvement in quality of life (Dionigi & Lyons, 2010). The prevalence and impact of social isolation and loneliness in regional areas may be more dramatic than in metropolitan areas, and older people in particular, typically face different barriers to accessing services in regional areas compared with major cities. The Ability Links program has been successful in supporting people with disability and their carers by improving access to services and developing networks within the local community. Similarly, this project seeks to connect community organisations and seniors, reduce barriers to social participation in order to maintain and improve the social and community links contributing to healthy and active ageing. The end result provides a framework for developing a better support mechanism for promoting the benefits of social and community networking for older people in regional Australia, indirectly resulting in decreased dependency on the health care system.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRethinking the Region & Regionalism in Australasia
Subtitle of host publicationChallenges & Opportunities for the 21st Century
Place of PublicationEast Sussex, United Kingdom
PublisherRegional Studies Association
Pages1-7
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventRegional Studies Association Inaugural Australasian Conference - Melbourne, Australia, Australia
Duration: 31 Aug 201502 Sep 2015

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ConferenceRegional Studies Association Inaugural Australasian Conference
CountryAustralia
Period31/08/1502/09/15

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Social Participation
Loneliness
Social Isolation
Aptitude
Disabled Persons
Developed Countries
Caregivers
Quality of Life
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Delivery of Health Care
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Akhter, R., Bernoth, M., Burmeister, O., Chia, E. V., Dionigi, R., Dresser, G., ... Robergs, R. (2015). Social and community links: Drivers of healthy and active ageing. In Rethinking the Region & Regionalism in Australasia: Challenges & Opportunities for the 21st Century (pp. 1-7). East Sussex, United Kingdom: Regional Studies Association.
Akhter, Rahena ; Bernoth, Maree ; Burmeister, Oliver ; Chia, Ee Von ; Dionigi, Rylee ; Dresser, Gregory ; Evans-Barr, Gael ; Islam, Md Zahidul ; Morrison, Mark ; Robergs, Robert. / Social and community links : Drivers of healthy and active ageing. Rethinking the Region & Regionalism in Australasia: Challenges & Opportunities for the 21st Century. East Sussex, United Kingdom : Regional Studies Association, 2015. pp. 1-7
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Social and community links : Drivers of healthy and active ageing. / Akhter, Rahena; Bernoth, Maree; Burmeister, Oliver; Chia, Ee Von; Dionigi, Rylee; Dresser, Gregory; Evans-Barr, Gael; Islam, Md Zahidul; Morrison, Mark; Robergs, Robert.

Rethinking the Region & Regionalism in Australasia: Challenges & Opportunities for the 21st Century. East Sussex, United Kingdom : Regional Studies Association, 2015. p. 1-7.

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Akhter R, Bernoth M, Burmeister O, Chia EV, Dionigi R, Dresser G et al. Social and community links: Drivers of healthy and active ageing. In Rethinking the Region & Regionalism in Australasia: Challenges & Opportunities for the 21st Century. East Sussex, United Kingdom: Regional Studies Association. 2015. p. 1-7