Articles on Older people

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Intergenerational mentoring benefits both older and younger colleagues, as well as their employers. Marcin Balcerzak/from

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.
Beyond being told or incentivised to hire older workers, employers need to feel they are making the right decision. Image sourced from

Employers need more than money to hire older workers

The government wants to see more older workers in the workforce, but first we need to overcome the ageist attitudes held my many employers.
Still at it. Couple by Shutterstock

People in their eighties have sex – get over it

When we consider society’s prevailing view of late-life sexuality, the convention has been that older people are not particularly sexually active or interested in intimate sexual relationships. These preconceptions…
Studies that deliberately exclude older adults from their samples render older adults’ sexuality invisible. shutterstock

Invisible sexuality: older adults missing in sexual health research

The Australian Study of Health and Relationships (ASHR), the latest findings of which were released recently, has much to commend it. Like its counterpart, the British National Survey of Sexual Attitudes…
Believing sex to be important is the strongest predictor of embodied sexual desire in older women. Candida.Performa/Flickr

Getting on and getting it on: good sex isn’t just for the young

Research tells us that women’s sexual functioning declines after midlife, manifested by reductions in arousal and orgasm, and increases in sexual pain. This is linked to reports of reduced sexual activity…

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