Social engagement and participation are critical to older people’s physical and mental health and wellbeing. Older people who are socially isolated are more likely to experience poorer physical and mental health outcomes. While all older people are at risk of social isolation, evidence suggests those aged 60-74 years may be at heightened risk as they have been more work oriented and mobile than previous generations, and consequently tend to have restricted social networks, a dynamic compounded by retirement when opportunities for social engagement may further reduce.
This project, a collaboration between ECU, the City of Wanneroo and Mentally Healthy WA, investigated barriers and enablers influencing older residents’ (60+ years) participation in community-based activities in the City of Wanneroo. A mixed-methods design incorporated an audit of existing programs relevant to older residents; focus groups; a quantitative survey; and individual interviews. Findings were synthesised to develop recommendations to address identified gaps in community-based activities for the City's older residents.
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Public Health and Safety
Dr Julie Dare, Senior Lecturer
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 2613
Dr Celia Wilkinson, Senior Lecturer
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 2597
Professor Ruth Marquis
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5623
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