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Age Encounters

This video shows interviews with older and younger people about their experiences of age - their own age and what they imagine the experiences of the other generation to be. It was developed by NARI, the Brotherhood of St Laurence and Youthworx, a youth media organisation. The interviews reveal high levels of empathy and exchange between generations but limited opportunities for intergenerational connection outside the family. Public transport was a source of some interesting encounters.



Productivity Commission: Caring for Older Australians

Response to the Draft Report

The Australian Productivity Commission proposes some major reforms to the aged care system that are geared to better meet the needs of an ageing population, according to a draft report.

The Commission’s recent inquiry into Caring for Older Australians examined social, clinical and institutional aspects of aged care, regulatory and funding options for this sector, and future workforce requirements. NARI’s submission to the inquiry stressed that future policies, programs and services for older people should be built on a sound evidence base. We indicated that research to improve knowledge about ageing was currently under funded in Australia, and proposed creating a research funding stream specifically for ageing research.

Click here for the full response



Two Aged Care Statistical Reports

Spending on aged care services in 2008-09 was $10.1 billion, according to the Residential aged care in Australia 2008-09 report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

The report shows that an estimated $6.6 billion (of the $10.1 billion) was spent on residential aged care, with the Australian Government the dominant funder (estimated $6.5 billion). The majority of permanent aged care residential places are for those requiring a high level of care, with three-quarters of permanent residents assessed as needing high-care at 30 June 2009. At 30 June 2009, there were more than 178,000 operational residential places in Australia—over 3,000 more than at the same time in 2008.The provision ratio at 30 June 2009 for residential aged care places was 87.0 places per 1,000 people aged 70 years or more; close to the Government’s target of 88 places per 1,000 by June 2011.

A second report, Aged care packages in the community: a statistical overview, an analysis of Community Aged Care Packages (CACP), Extended Aged Care at Home (EACH), and Extended Aged Care at Home Dementia (EACH D), reported that the supply of places has increased across all three packages.

Both reports available on Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) website.



Australian Unity - Wellbeing Index

The second edition of What makes us happy?, which covers a decade of research into happiness and wellbeing, has been released and is online.

It reports, inter alia, that personal wellbeing appears to increase with age. Some of the happiest Australians are aged 76 and over, and their wellbeing is highly influenced by their relationships and interactions with others. This connection with others tends to offset their satisfaction with health, which declines as age related ailments set in.

For t he full report plus more detailed analysis and original responses, click here.



Menzies/Nous Australian Health Survey 2010

The 2010 survey, jointly conducted by the Menzies Centre for Health Policy at the University of Sydney and The Nous Group, investigated, for the first time, attitudes held by Australians about the accessibility, affordability of and satisfaction with aged care services.

The general view was that nursing home accommodation is fairly or very difficult to access and not very, or not at all affordable for the people who need it. However, across the board most respondents reported satisfaction with the services actually provided.

For the report, including a full breakdown of the questions asked and the outcomes, click here.



The University of Melbourne - Visions Video Podcast

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This episode hightlights the NARI/University of Melbourne led "Fitness for the Ageing Brain Study (FABS II)", which investigates the impact of physical activity on reducing the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.

Click here to view more details about FABS II study


The Voice : University of Melbourne

Vol. 3, No. 8, 13 October - 10 November 2008

Can You Afford To Grow Old? Aged Care? Ask The Elderly Wised up to walking Quest For Alzheimer’s Early Warning


Perspective - What purpose do I serve? Finding meaning in being old and in care

Can people in aged care still have a healthy sense of self?

What are their expectations at this stage of their lives and what do the people who work with them think?

Guest: Dr. Jean Tinney Research Fellow National Ageing Research Institute Posted Wed Oct 1, 2008

Audio: What purpose do I serve? Finding meaning in being old and in care

(ABC Radio National)

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A unique neuro-imaging technique is putting scientists at the forefront of Alzheimer’s detection.

Video: Predicting Alzheimer's (ABC Catalyst)

Posted Wed Sep 18, 2008

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Conversation Hour

Dementia Forum

Posted Fri Sep 5, 2008

Audio: Conversation Hour Dementia Forum (ABC Melbourne)

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