Song, women and sunshine

The Australian Ageing Research Foundation’s annual Opera in Melba’s Garden at Coombe was a winning combination of singing, sunshine and celebration of women.

Held on 8 March, International Women’s Day, the luncheon attracted over 80 people who gathered together to learn more about NARI’s research into the needs of carers.

With operatic performances by soprano Olivia Cranwell from Opera Australia and Chilean tenor Giancarlo Monsalve, the occasion was both joyous and informative.

NARI Executive Director, Associate Professor Briony Dow, acknowledged the role of carers, men and women, in Australia today.

“We rely very much on carers today but they rarely or never gain public recognition,” she said.

Researchers at NARI are working to find ways to better support carers, to improve their physical and mental health. One project, the IMPACCT study, involves taking an exercise program to carers at home, one they can do together with the person they are caring for, with the aim of reducing depression and improving the physical health of both the carer and the person they care for.

The Australian Ageing Research Foundation (The Foundation) has been established to support the research undertaken by the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI).

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