On the treadmill: young and long-term unemployed in Australia – Brotherhood of St Laurence

Extract

Youth unemployment has been marching upward in Australia in the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis in 2008. The unemployment rate nationally among those aged 15 to 24 at March 2014 stands at 12.5 per cent – more than double the overall rate of unemployment. The experience of being young and unemployed is also . . . → Read More: On the treadmill: young and long-term unemployed in Australia – Brotherhood of St Laurence

Event: Learning, health and wellbeing across generations forum – ALA, BSL, CAE & Fed. Uni

Fitzroy, 24 April 2014 Fr. Tucker’s Room, Brotherhood of St Laurence

Presented by Adult Learning Australia in partnership with Brotherhood of St Laurence, Centre for Adult Education and Federation University

This forum is underpinned and informed by a major challenge in an ageing society, drawn from a recent, major UK meta-analysis of international literature . . . → Read More: Event: Learning, health and wellbeing across generations forum – ALA, BSL, CAE & Fed. Uni

Faith-based social action – Voluntary Sector Review

ABSTRACT

This article presents the findings of a study of an under-researched type of faith group whose activities in socially and economically disadvantaged neighbourhoods have often fallen ‘below the radar’ in previous studies of faith-based social action. UK charismatic-evangelical churches are presented as a type of church that, while historically suburban, has begun to significantly . . . → Read More: Faith-based social action – Voluntary Sector Review

Envisioning a digital age architecture for early education – New America Foundation

ABSTRACT

The young children of today will soon grow into the middle-schoolers of the next decade, the high school graduates of the late 2020s, and the citizens and workforce of the future. By paying attention to the way today’s young children use technologies and media, and by tailoring policies to ensure that educators are prepared . . . → Read More: Envisioning a digital age architecture for early education – New America Foundation

Neighbourhood renewal programmes produce substantial non-housing benefits – AHURI

Extract

Research found that neighbourhood renewal programs benefit the wider community, with an average return of $2.20 in non-housing benefits for every $1.00 spent on renewal. They can reverse negative perceptions of a disadvantaged neighbourhood, consequently improving levels of wellbeing for residents.

KEY POINTS

• Neighbourhood renewal (NR) programs produced significant wider benefits to the . . . → Read More: Neighbourhood renewal programmes produce substantial non-housing benefits – AHURI

Do we all want permanent full-time jobs? – Insights

Extract from an article by Sue Richardson

The norm of permanent full-time terms of employment is under serious challenge. In Australia today more than one-third of employed people work on more variable terms – in particular, as casuals (19 per cent), independent contractors (9 per cent), other self-employed (9 per cent) and agency workers (about . . . → Read More: Do we all want permanent full-time jobs? – Insights

States of transition: Youth unemployment, education and labour market policy in Europe and the US – IPPR

SUMMARY

This report analyses the youth unemployment problems of France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and the US, examining how the transition from education to full-time employment is managed in each country. Drawing from their successes, failures and points of difference, it identifies ways in which the process can be improved in all countries.

Five and . . . → Read More: States of transition: Youth unemployment, education and labour market policy in Europe and the US – IPPR

Early literacy: a broader vision – TACTYC

Extract

Literacy lies at the heart of education and has been formally enshrined as a basic human right since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. For centuries, acquiring literacy has been associated with children needing to acquire knowledge about the alphabetic code in order to read and write, but broader understandings of what . . . → Read More: Early literacy: a broader vision – TACTYC

Smart technologies to enhance social connectedness in older people who live at home – Australasian Journal on Ageing

ABSTRACT

Aim

To examine the effectiveness of smart technologies in improving or maintaining the social connectedness of older people living at home.

Methods

We conducted a systematic review and critical evaluation of research articles published between 2000 and 2013. Article screening, data extraction and quality assessment (using the Downs and Black checklist) were conducted by . . . → Read More: Smart technologies to enhance social connectedness in older people who live at home – Australasian Journal on Ageing

A guide to broadband for older people – myageingparent.com

Extract

It’s easy to take the internet for granted, especially for the current generation who don’t remember a time before you could just type a question into a search engine and get an instant answer. But for older people getting online can be daunting

A huge choice of broadband providers, the technical terminology, concerns over . . . → Read More: A guide to broadband for older people – myageingparent.com

Age Differences in Expected Satisfaction with Life in Retirement – The International Journal of Aging and Human Development

ABSTRACT

Research on expected quality of life in retirement has focused on the perceptions of individuals either living in retirement or nearing retirement age. In this article, data are reported that examine expectations of (future) retirement quality of life among younger and middle-aged adults. Toward this end, a new scale—the Satisfaction with Life in Retirement . . . → Read More: Age Differences in Expected Satisfaction with Life in Retirement – The International Journal of Aging and Human Development

Health effects of older people’s engagement in social networks – The International Journal of Aging and Human Development

ABSTRACT

This study tested the effects of social network engagement and social support on the health of older people moving into retirement, using a model which includes social context variables. A prospective survey of a New Zealand population sample aged 54-70 at baseline (N = 2,282) was used to assess the effects on mental and . . . → Read More: Health effects of older people’s engagement in social networks – The International Journal of Aging and Human Development

Finding May Explain Why Women More Likely Develop Alzheimer’s – Science

Extract from an article by Esther Landhaus

Scientists haven’t pinpointed a definitive cause for Alzheimer’s disease—a fatal brain disorder that robs people of their memory and cognitive abilities. But now researchers have uncovered an intriguing clue about why more women than men develop the condition. A particular gene variant, found in a quarter of the . . . → Read More: Finding May Explain Why Women More Likely Develop Alzheimer’s – Science

Community Land Trusts and Indigenous Housing in Australia – Housing Studies

ABSTRACT

Previous work has highlighted the primacy of non-economic rights in Indigenous housing objectives. This paper builds on that work and Sanders’ other work demonstrating the limited relevance of ‘mainstream’ home ownership for many Indigenous communities, exploring whether models based on community land trust (CLT) principles might be appropriate for articulating Indigenous housing aspirations. The . . . → Read More: Community Land Trusts and Indigenous Housing in Australia – Housing Studies

Promoting Aboriginal Health: The Family Wellbeing Empowerment Approach

SYNOPSIS

“Those of us who have worked on the frontline of Aboriginal health for any length of time know that beneath the surface reality of Aboriginal people’s poor health outcomes sits a deeper truth. It is about the importance of social and emotional wellbeing, and how this flows from a sense of control over one’s . . . → Read More: Promoting Aboriginal Health: The Family Wellbeing Empowerment Approach

Retirement, Early Retirement and Disability: Explaining Labor Force Participation after 55 in France – National Bureau of Economic Research

ABSTRACT

We analyze the influence of health and financial incentives on the retirement behavior of older workers in France, building upon Stock and Wise (1990) option value approach. The model accounts for three main retirement routes: the normal retirement, disability insurance (DI) and unemployment/preretirement pathways, and is estimated with a combination of microeconomic datasets that . . . → Read More: Retirement, Early Retirement and Disability: Explaining Labor Force Participation after 55 in France – National Bureau of Economic Research

Colour consultation with dementia home residents and staff – Quality in Ageing and Older Adults

ABSTRACT

Purpose – Government guidelines promote service user consultation without providing extensive advice on people in later dementia. ‘Seen as too difficult to involve, they are effectively excluded from …. influenc(ing) service provision’, especially institutional care residents. (Clare and Cox, 2003, p. 936). This hard-to-reach group presents methodological challenges. This paper explores innovative approaches, offering . . . → Read More: Colour consultation with dementia home residents and staff – Quality in Ageing and Older Adults

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