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Simple features, like a thoughtfully sited bench, can make a big difference to older people’s ability to enjoy public spaces in the city. alexkich from www.shutterstock.com

Contested spaces: we need to see public space through older eyes too

Several key aspects of public open space can encourage older people to get out and about. And badly designed and maintained facilities have the opposite effect and can harm their wellbeing.
Some people will find it harder than others to choose a new home care service provider to help with gardening or getting out and about. from www.shutterstock.com

Seven steps to help you choose the right home care provider

Older Australians needing extra help at home with bathing or gardening can now choose who provides that service. So what do you need to know before choosing a new service for yourself or a family member?
Sexuality is still an important part of life for older people, but it’s seldom discussed and rarely researched. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Older people still have sex, but it’s the intimacy and affection that matters more

Most of the early research on sexuality and ageing looked at the sexual behaviours and biology of older adults, generally ignoring the wider concept of sexuality.
Who wants to waste compassion on aged sex offenders or murderers serving life in prison? from www.shutterstock.com.au

Do we care about old people behind bars, and should we?

An important indication of a humane society is how we treat our vulnerable. It is hard to think of anyone more vulnerable than an aged person in jail.
Intergenerational mentoring benefits both older and younger colleagues, as well as their employers. Marcin Balcerzak/from www.shutterstock.com

Tackling hidden issues for older workers delivers wide-ranging returns

Many hidden obstacles confront Australia's older workers, so what workplace changes can be made to maximise the benefits and reduce the problems of an ageing population?
Thenjiwe Madzinga sits with her grandson Thina Gxotelwa in the small room they share in a shack in Cape Town’s Khayelitsha township. Madzinga cares for her five grandchildren, including four who were orphaned when her daughter died from AIDS in 2002. Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters

South Africa is failing to address malnutrition in its older people

The health care needs of older people tend to be marginalised because South Africa's health policy is focused on children, youth and maternal care.

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