Promoting social inclusion of frail older people living in the community

Taket, Ann, Pollock, Sarah, Hanna, Lisa, Learmonth, Emily and Farquhar, Peta 2014, Promoting social inclusion of frail older people living in the community, in Practising social inclusion, Routledge, Abingdon, England, pp.153-162.

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Title Promoting social inclusion of frail older people living in the community
Author(s) Taket, Ann
Pollock, Sarah
Hanna, Lisa
Learmonth, Emily
Farquhar, Peta
Title of book Practising social inclusion
Editor(s) Taket, Ann
Crisp, Beth R
Graham, Melissa
Hanna, Lisa
Goldingay, Sophie
Wilson, Linda
Publication date 2014
Chapter number 11
Total chapters 20
Start page 153
End page 162
Total pages 10
Publisher Routledge
Place of Publication Abingdon, England
Keyword(s) Australia's ageing population
social inclusion
aged care
health and social policy
community care
Summary The increasingly diverse needs and wants of Australia's ageing population, like those in many other societies, are drawing attention to aged care as an increasingly important area of broader health and social policy. Active qgeing and a focus on enabling people to remain living in their own homes in the community are two of the key components of this policy shift.

The policy shift towards active ageing recognises and aims to support the desires of older people to remain active members of their communities as they age. Active ageing is 'the process of optimising opportunities for physical, social and mental wellbeing throughout the life-course, in order to extend healthy life expectancy, productivity and quality oflife in older age' (AIPC 2008: 26).

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the rights, needs, preferences and capacities of older people should be central to active ageing policies, and these should be framed by a life-course approach to ageing (WHO 2002). The development of age-friendly communities, social inclusion and engagement are emerging as key policy issues in the context of an ageing population.

Recent research demonstrates the importance of a sense of belonging in maintaining a sense of identity and increasing the wellbeing of an individual. The sense of belonging that comes about through community engagement also plays a role in successful adjustment to ageing, including prolonging good health and reduced risk of entry into residential aged care.
ISBN 9780415531061
9780415531078
9780203766798
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920413 Social Structure and Health
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
HERDC collection year 2013
Copyright notice ©2014, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30054899

Document type: Book Chapter
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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