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Friendship helps protect against loneliness even when oldsters do not have dementia. It can be especially beneficial for those who do. sirtravelalot/Shutterstock.com

How being friends with someone who has dementia can be good for you both

A recent study finds that friends ought not let friends with dementia be lonely. The surprising part? Why staying friends is good for the friend without dementia as well as for the one who has it.
The number of men married to each other who have children is rising following legal rulings about marriage equality. Shutterstock

How families with 2 dads raise their kids

Research reveals few differences between the parenting of gay men and their straight peers. But it looks like gay fathers could be more apt to volunteer at their children's schools.
An ill Anna Bosigo is fed by volunteer worker Lydia Mbhalo in the Orange Farm township, south of Johannesburg. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

South Africa isn’t budgeting for its care economy. What can be done about it

Social welfare budgets have simply not been adequate to plug decades’ worth of under-resourcing, especially in black communities. It's a good place for government to start giving life to its slogans
Mothers and their babies at a clinic in Johannesburg. South Africa leads the Global South with its expansive social protection programme. Reuters

Lessons from South Africa on why gender matters in social welfare policies

The gendered nature of social welfare is invisible and taken for granted – particularly in development contexts.It's time to debate a more gender-sensitive and equitable welfare agenda in the South.
The capacity for compassion is with us from birth, but as a community we have lost sight of the value of treating all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. AAP/Julian Smith

Australia, a nation in need of compassion-focused therapy

A global movement aims to let compassion guide political and community life. This has obvious relevance for a competition-driven nation with a troubling capacity for harsh attitudes and policy.
People are living longer, yet the systems to provide care for older adults are informal and inadequate. shutterstock

Counting the costs of caregiving: is there a better way forward?

In Australia, the question of how to provide care for ageing family members is largely an individual one. Most care is provided by family members. In 2012, 2.7 million Australians were providing some type…

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