Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) invites community members to participate in a research project that RAV is collaborating on with Swinburne University, on Loneliness in Older Adults in Residential Aged Care and Community Settings: Prevalence and Predictors.
Australians aged 65 and older are invited to contribute to the study by taking part in an anonymous, 30-minute, online survey which includes demographic questions (for example, age, gender, marital status), and questions about your relationships and how you feel about your current circumstances. The study aims to examine the prevalence of, and factors contributing to loneliness and wellbeing in both residential aged care and community settings in an Australian context.
Currently, the factors that contribute to loneliness and wellbeing aren’t well understood, however loneliness in older adults has been linked to depression, suicide, and many other health issues including high blood pressure, and heart disease. Increased understanding of these factors may lead to the development of interventions that better address loneliness in Australia’s older adults.
RAV believes that this project will provide useful information to improve the design and delivery of services for older adults, thereby enhancing wellbeing outcomes. It is expected that the research will also contribute to the development of effective policies by enhancing insight into the risks and protective factors which affect loneliness in older adults.
Click here for more information and to take part in the survey.
RAV is committed to improving the wellbeing, safety and sense of fulfilment in Australians aged 65 years and over by strengthening relationships, facilitating social connection, and reducing loneliness and isolation. We provide a range of services, programs and resources to support older Australians and their families, including elder mediation and counselling, information and support groups, and resources and tip sheets. Visit www.rav.org.au/services/senior-relationship-services to find out more.
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