by Katie McKeown
Older people are meaningful members of society, and they want to be treated that way.
That was the key message from the Bolton Clarke Research Institute’s first Symposium on Social Connection in Older Age, held in Melbourne on March 22.
The sold-out audience included researchers, service providers and older community members.
BCRI Principal Research Fellow Judy Lowthian said recreating and activating compassionate neighbourhood and communities, where people know their neighbours and are known, was a focus of significant work being done by researchers and providers.
“We all have a responsibility to proactively reach out to those who ‘aren’t in the room’ and to encourage people to reach out for help in a timely manner,” she said.
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