Publications

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Growing Plants, Growing People: Older volunteers in botanic gardens

Volunteering in botanic gardens presents itself as one way to enable people to engage with the natural environment. But what do we know about how older people engage with botanic gardens?  What motivates them to volunteer their time to...
May 2011
Productive Ageing Centre
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Health conditions and employment among senior Australians

What are the enablers and barriers to continued engagement in the labour force? Workforce participation of mature age Australians has been increasing over the past 10 years. Although this trend is encouraging, there still remain a...
Sep 2014
National Seniors Australia
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Health of Senior Australians & Out-of-Pocket Healthcare Costs They Face

Cost of living pressures remain an ongoing issue for senior Australians. In 2011, the Productive Ageing Centre commissioned a report from Simon Kelly, which showed nearly three-quarters of a million older households (aged 50 years and over...
Dec 2012
Productive Ageing Centre
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Healthy Ageing Quiz: Practical tips for ageing well

All of us want to age well. But what does ageing well mean? For most of us it means being able to do the things we need to do and the things we want to do. So where do we go to get the right information on healthy ageing? We can go down to the...
Jun 2010
Productive Ageing Centre
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Healthy Ageing: The state of the evidence and available resources

Australia’s population is growing older and a greater proportion of Australians are living longer than ever before. As a result, more people are developing, and living longer with, diseases and disabilities associated with ageing. With escalating...
Oct 2017
National Seniors Australia
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Hope for the best, plan for the worst? Insights into our planning for a longer life.

Australians are enjoying among the longest life expectancies in the world, a trend which is expected to continue.They are also being asked to do something not previously required of their parents and grandparents, namely, to save for a longer life...
Feb 2018
National Seniors Australia
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How do mature age Australians cope with difficult life events?

As people age they are more likely to encounter various types of life events such as the deaths of loved ones or personal injury or illnesses. These types of events can have a major impact on their self-esteem, on their life satisfaction and their...
Jul 2015
Productive Ageing Centre
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How physically active are senior Australians? Evidence from national data

Physical activity is vital for people aged 50 years and over to assist their physical and mental health and help them remain independent as they age. Physical inactivity is one of the leading causes of ill health among senior Australians. Being...
Jul 2015
Productive Ageing Centre
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How realistic are senior Australians’ retirement plans?

In this report, co-authored by National Seniors Australia and Challenger, the retirement plans of senior Australians are examined, in particular their understanding about their own life expectancy, likely spending patterns in retirement and plans to...
Jul 2014
National Seniors Australia
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Improving Health Literacy in Seniors with Chronic Illness

The rising burden of chronic disease in Australia has put the health system under great pressure. A system largely designed to cope with short bursts of acute illness via hospitals and general practitioners now has to deal with more chronic...
Apr 2012
Productive Ageing Centre
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