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NARI Ageing Well eNews                  February 2019

From the Director  

Dear Friends

Welcome to 2019 which promises to be an important year for all of us working with older people. The current hearings of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Safety and Quality, the introduction of a single set of Aged Care Quality Standards, changes to accreditation, and the Federal Election provide us with a major opportunity to raise the many issues facing older people in Australia.

Here at NARI, we are very much focused on providing solutions. Our research is based on ‘bringing research to life’ in a bid to change policy, educate health professionals working with older people, and introduce new thinking to solving problems. Consequently, much of our research is ahead of the trend, as has become evident to me as I listen to hearings at the Royal Commission.


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Ensuring older people’s mental health needs are heard

Older people’s mental health needs are specific and must be heard by the Victorian Royal Commission into Mental Health.

That is the view stressed by the National Ageing Research Institute in its submission into the Terms of Reference.

“The number of older Australians will almost double by 2055. Population ageing will see an increase in depression, anxiety, elder abuse and other mental illnesses in older adults. High rates of depression and anxiety are associated with increased physical illness, disability and self-neglect, suicidal ideation and mortality. More older men die by suicide than any other age group.,” Director Briony Dow said.

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Opera in Melba's Garden at Coombe  

NARI and the Australian Ageing Research Foundation are delighted to announce that the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Victoria’s first female Governor of Victoria, will be speaking at our much-loved annual event, Opera in Melba’s Garden at Coombe.

The Governor, together with her husband Mr Anthony Howard AM QC are attending the as Guests of Honour. Guests will be treated to a three-course lunch, operatic performances, and garden tours.

There are still seats available for the function on 7 March. Online bookings:

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Multi-media movies build understanding about dementia 

Moving Pictures, an innovative multi-media program to raise awareness about dementia in people from multicultural communities, and how to access help has been launched in Melbourne by Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt AM.

Coordinated by NARI, Moving Pictures is made up of fifteen short films co-produced with people from Tamil, Hindi, Cantonese, Mandarin and Arabic communities – Australia’s top five fastest growing cultural and linguistic groups.

The launch was attended by some of the movies’ stars who were congratulated by the Minister for becoming involved.

“I congratulate everyone involved in Moving Pictures because early awareness and diagnosis is one of the keys to giving people living with dementia better, longer lives,” said Minister Wyatt.

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State Trustees ENJOY supporting exercise trial

State Trustees Australia Foundation is getting behind a major research program aimed at encouraging older people to become physically active.

Through its Grassroots Grants program, the Foundation is supporting ENJOY, a community exercise park program initiated by NARI which hopes to raise a sweat among older people. Two parks are now installed in Wyndham and Whittlesea in Victoria, and a third will be opened this year at the Old Colonists’ Association of Victoria’s village in St Helena.

Associate Professor Pazit Levinger, the project leader, said that less than 25% of older Australians do enough physical activity to achieve health benefit.

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Too much sitting taking place in aged care

There is far too much sitting going on among mobile adults living in residential aged care, according to the findings of joint NARI and Curtin University research.

Researchers, including NARI’s Clinical Director Dr Frances Batchelor, found that aged care residents sit for prolonged periods of time and only take part in exercise for bouts of less than ten minutes.

The study published in the Australasian Journal on Ageing involved 28 residents from three care units at one facility in Western Australia, who wore an accelerometer to track their activity during waking hours over five days.

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Be a friend, befriend an older person

Be a friend, befriend an older person and be part of a major project aimed at helping to reduce depression and anxiety in people living in aged care homes.

NARI is recruiting volunteers to take part in a befriending program, one of the first to be run in Australia. Befriending is a new approach to link older people with a ‘friend’ to talk about everyday topics and events without discussing health problems or emotions.

Professor Colleen Doyle, lead researcher, said NARI was currently recruiting volunteers who could ‘befriend’ older people living in aged care homes in the Melbourne suburbs of Glenroy and Ivanhoe.

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MARC plans for 2019

MARC’s impact looks set to be strengthened this year as it welcomes Federation University, Ballarat as a member and extends collaborations across Victoria.

The collaboration will build on its achievements over the last three years and specifically, work closely with its newly formed Community Advisory Group; increase the number of presentations at conferences, services and among partners, and look to diversify its funding, according to Debra O’Connor, Director of MARC.

“The past year saw MARC complete two projects, End of Life Care and a dementia project, and we want now to add to our suite of projects that are providing insight and answers to important health issues affecting older people,” Ms O’Connor said.

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Advanced Topics in Falls Prevention


Thursday 21 March
All day workshop
Cost $440 including GST

As people get older they are more susceptible to falling over and losing their balance. As falls are the leading cause of injury-related death and hospitalisation in older people, this is one of NARI's key research areas with a focus on identifying physiological and behavioural risk factors, and prevention strategies.

This workshop will give you the opportunity to expand your knowledge, share your experiences in falls prevention and provides you with the latest evidence to help you improve the care you deliver.

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