A new facility established by Torrens University aims to tackle the key challenges facing an ageing population.
The Torrens University Centre of Positive Ageing and Wellbeing was created to find solutions to problems facing the elderly, including mobility, isolation and loneliness, marriage and changing spousal relationships, workforce participation, crime and the aged, and sexual health.
Vice chancellor Professor Justin Beilby said the centre’s key focus would be addressing how society both perceives and promotes positive ageing and wellbeing.
“Our research at the centre and across the university aims to advance knowledge that positively contributes to social justice and wellbeing, improved health outcomes, strong governance systems, economic prosperity and international development,” he said.
“The centre seeks to transform, and improve, the perception we have of ageing, and to encourage communities to develop supportive environments for healthier ageing.
“While Australia’s aged care sector is well established, it faces significant challenges in developing service models and introducing innovative practices in an increasingly consumer-driven environment.”
It is hoped the centre will become a Centre of Excellence within the next five years across the four pillars of education, industry, practice and research.
“Our vision is to build a national and international profile of excellence in innovative education, training and industry-based research into positive ageing,” Beilby said.
“Developing approaches that can be integrated across the industry is critical to the centre’s long-term success.”
Staff at the centre will work to develop aged care and disability programs, undertake research to develop education and business products, and link aged residents to education campuses and workforce opportunities.
Torrens University and the Centre of Positive Ageing and Wellbeing will also sponsor The Ageing Well Revolution, a two-day event in Adelaide from November 22.
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