Successful Aging as the Intersection of Individual Resources, Age, Environment, and Experiences of Well-being in Daily Activities – J Gerontol

ABSTRACT Objective: We conceptualize successful aging as a cumulative index of individual resources (the absence of disease and disability, high cognitive and physical functioning, social embeddedness) in the service of successful aging outcomes (global well-being, experienced well-being, and vital status), and conditioned by age, social structure, and environment. Method:The study used baseline and follow-up data from … [Read More] Successful Aging as the Intersection of Individual Resources, Age, Environment, and Experiences of Well-being in Daily Activities – J Gerontol

Toward a More Comprehensive Concept of Successful Aging: Disability and Care Needs – Journals of Gerontology

ABSTRACT Rowe and Kahn’s model of Successful Aging 2.0 argues that changing environmental settings, societal policies, and individual life styles will lead to a significant extension of healthy life years. Recent epidemiological research, however, confirms the dilemma that the ongoing extension of life expectancy prolongs not only the years in good health but also those … [Read More] Toward a More Comprehensive Concept of Successful Aging: Disability and Care Needs – Journals of Gerontology

The Policy Discourse of Active Ageing: Some Reflections – Journal of Population Ageing

INTRODUCTION – Extract Why Active Ageing Matters By the end of the first half of the twentieth century most European states had introduced public pension schemes of one sort or another. In doing so they were affirming the role of the state in providing individuals with a form of support that all but a few … [Read More] The Policy Discourse of Active Ageing: Some Reflections – Journal of Population Ageing

Health Status, Health Behaviours and Anxiety Symptoms of Older Male Caregivers: Findings from the Concord Health and Ageing in Men Project – Australasian Journal on Ageing 

ABSTRACT Objective: To explore differences between older male caregivers and non-caregivers on health status, health behaviours and well-being, including symptoms of anxiety. Methods: Data were collected through self-completed questionnaires and face-to-face interviews with 1705 community living men aged ?70 in the Concord Health and Ageing in Men Project. Results: Eleven per cent of older men were caregivers, of … [Read More] Health Status, Health Behaviours and Anxiety Symptoms of Older Male Caregivers: Findings from the Concord Health and Ageing in Men Project – Australasian Journal on Ageing 

NEW Issue: Australian Journal of Dementia Care

February/March 2017 Cover story: Creative ways to care  Bethanie Care Group and Agelink Theatre in Western Australia have collaborated on a theatre, music and reminiscence project which culminated in a performance staged by and for people with dementia, in front of an audience of 300. Staff engagement and upskilling enhances job, care quality WA’s Brightwater Care … [Read More] NEW Issue: Australian Journal of Dementia Care

Closing the Gap: Prime Minister’s report 2017 – Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (Australia)

This ninth Closing the Gap report showcases real successes being achieved at a local level across the country—by individuals, communities, organisations and government. However, at a national level, progress needs to accelerate. Over the long term there are improvements across a number of the targets, however these improvements are not enough to meet the majority of … [Read More] Closing the Gap: Prime Minister’s report 2017 – Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (Australia)

Economic Cost of Dementia in Australia 2016-2056 – Alzheimer’s Australia

ABSTRACT Alzheimer’s Australia commissioned NATSEM at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra to estimate the cost of dementia in Australia. The economic impact of dementia is a major concern nationally and internationally as the number of individuals with dementia continues to rise. Access Economics (2003) estimated the total cost … [Read More] Economic Cost of Dementia in Australia 2016-2056 – Alzheimer’s Australia

Young women can budget in the short term but struggle with long-term investments – The Conversation

Extract from an article by James Arvanitakis, Lauren Stanley and Trina Jorre de St Jorre Our investigation into the financial literacy of young women finds they are confident in implementing budgeting and savings strategies, but lack the knowledge and confidence required to implement long-term financial strategies. This is surprising given that financial literacy usually refers to not only … [Read More] Young women can budget in the short term but struggle with long-term investments – The Conversation

“Working with COW”: Social Work Supporting Older Women Living in the Community – Journal of Gerontological Social Work

ABSTRACT Australia, like all developed Western countries, is experiencing a demographic shift resulting in an increasing proportion of the population being over the age of 65 years. Contrary to stereotypes, the vast majority of older people live independently in communities. This article explores the potential of social work practice informed by community development principles to enable … [Read More] “Working with COW”: Social Work Supporting Older Women Living in the Community – Journal of Gerontological Social Work

‘In this together’ or ‘Going it alone’: Spousal dyad approaches to Alzheimer’s – Journal of Aging Studies

Highlights Spousal dyads divided into I/Me and We/Us in their approaches to their situations. Relationship satisfaction, cognitive or functional ability, and anxiety, depression and burden were similar in both groups. Carers in We/Us dyads expressed more positive aspects of caregiving than those with an I/Me outlook. Mutual compassion, a characteristic of the We/Us approach, may … [Read More] ‘In this together’ or ‘Going it alone’: Spousal dyad approaches to Alzheimer’s – Journal of Aging Studies

A Critique of the Active Ageing Index – Journal of Aging Studies

Highlights The active ageing index (AAI) is a major policy tool to monitor active ageing. We offer a comprehensive critical analysis of the AAI and of its usefulness. The AAI models ageing and older people, with ingrained a priori assumptions. The AAI does not account for capabilities, resources and preferences. The AAI suffers from several … [Read More] A Critique of the Active Ageing Index – Journal of Aging Studies

Working Memory Plasticity and Aging- Psychology & Aging 

ABSTRACT The present research explores how the trajectory of learning on a working memory task changes throughout the life span, and whether gains in working memory performance are exclusively a question of initial working memory capacity (WMC) or whether age exerts an independent effect. In a large, cross-sectional study of younger, middle-aged, and older adults, … [Read More] Working Memory Plasticity and Aging- Psychology & Aging 

The Secret to Happiness in Later Life is Simple to Discover but Hard to Achieve – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Asghar Zaidi, Professor in International Social Policy, University of Southhampton We live in an extraordinary time: increasing numbers of us are living longer than ever imagined before. It is a major achievement of modern science and healthcare. The tough part of longevity is working out how to ensure those extra … [Read More] The Secret to Happiness in Later Life is Simple to Discover but Hard to Achieve – The Conversation

Which Countries Make the Most of their Older People and Who Lags Behind? – The Convsersation

Extract form an article by Ashgar Zaidi, Professor in International Social Policy, University of Southhampton Advances in health and social welfare in the 20th century ushered in a golden age for humanity. We’re living longer and in better health than ever before. Someone born in London today, for example, could expect to live 30 years … [Read More] Which Countries Make the Most of their Older People and Who Lags Behind? – The Convsersation

Housing stress ‘dire’ as elderly Canberra women resort to sleeping in cars – The Canberra Times

Extract from an article by Doug Dingwall Women more than 80 years old are turning to Canberra’s homeless services for shelter, forced out of housing by the ACT’s rental market, low savings and family violence. Homelessness services are reporting a rise in clients who are elderly women, some resorting to sleeping in cars and couch surfing for … [Read More] Housing stress ‘dire’ as elderly Canberra women resort to sleeping in cars – The Canberra Times

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