Social inclusion

Christmas doesn't have to be the season to feel lonely

A new survey has found that a quarter of Australians are lonely some or most of the time, with men over the age of 55 one of the groups most likely to feel the impact of loneliness.

The Australian Red Cross survey also showed that the main reason for older men feeling lonely was divorce or separation.

Women aged over 55 were much more likely to chat to a friend or family member to help counteract loneliness.

Deaf can watch ABC News in Auslan

Deaf Australians can watch the primetime news in Auslan for the first time during the National Week of Deaf People (22-28 October).

Today, the ABC News channel's 6pm (AEDT) bulletin will be interpreted live in Auslan - Australian Sign Language - the national language of the Australian deaf community.

Brent Phillips, from Victorian deaf and hard of hearing advocacy group Vicdeaf, said the ABC broadcast of the news in Auslan would allow thousands of deaf Australians to understand the news in their first language.

Have a chat with seniors' commissioner

Older Victorians are being invited to attend a series of ‘conversations’ with the Commissioner for Senior Victorians, Gerard Mansour.

The free events will be held in Sunshine, Hamilton, Bendigo, Moonee Ponds, Wangaratta and Dandenong during October and November.

Topics to be discussed include Planning for your future, Staying connected – social and community participation, and Your voice – what’s on your mind?

Mr Mansour is a highly respected and passionate advocate for the needs of older people.

Staying active and engaged the keys to healthy ageing

Sunday, 1 October, is the International Day of Older Persons, which seeks to strengthen their participation in social, cultural, economic, civic and political life.

This year’s theme is: Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society.

It is about enabling and expanding the contributions of older people in their families, communities and societies in events and activities throughout Australia.

Dementia brings embarrassment, survey shows

Today (21 September) is World Alzheimer’s Day, when Alzheimer’s organisations concentrate their efforts on raising awareness about the disease and other forms of dementia.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a group of disorders that impairs mental functioning.

And a new survey has found people living with dementia and their carers suffer embarrassment, feel less competent and sometimes feel useless.

Gay marriage survey forms in the mail

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has begun its mail-out of a voluntary survey on same-sex marriage to people registered on the Commonwealth electoral role.

The survey asks: Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?

The ABS said the forms were being posted in a staggered delivery schedule over a two-week period from 12 September and should be received by 25 September.

People who receive a survey form are asked to:

How well do you know your neighbours?

One in three people don’t want to get to know the people on their street.

That is the finding of a new survey by showing one in five Australians has had a dispute with someone living nearby and one in 10 spies on their neighbours.

The national survey of 1047 people showed single people who have never been married are the least friendly neighbours, and widowed women aged 55 and over are the friendliest.

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