Healthy ageing

NARI continues to do extensive research into healthy ageing, growing the evidence base in this area to show how our physical activity, diet, social participation, sleep habits and behavioural choices all impact on our health and wellbeing as we get older.

For further information on these projects, please contact Dr Frances Batchelor:

Ageing Bodies and Embodied Interactions: Creating Social Inclusion through Mediated Presence

This research will create knowledge about the design of technologies to facilitate older people’s active social participation. A technological intervention will be trialled with small groups of older adults in both urban and rural settings, with the aim of creating a sense of presence between people who are not physically together.

Residents of Retirement Villages of Victoria (RRVV)

This project involved NARI undertaking independent research to learn more about the experiences of retirement village residents before and while in residence. The full results are yet to be published. NARI was contracted by Residents of Retirement Villages Victoria (RRVV) Inc to conduct the research.

Disseminating the Have A Try (HAT) exercise program and Healthy Ageing Quiz (HAQ) to older people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in Melbourne

For culturally and linguistically diverse groups, language and lack of cultural sensitivity are barriers to participating in health promotion activities. This project capitalised on the existing infrastructure of local council-supported social activity programs for seniors.

Camping for Change

The primary aim of this project is to use the camp setting to help seniors flourish. We will offer an outdoor education program in a residential camp setting for 20 culturally diverse older people. Camps will offer a vibrant learning environment, which will stretch participants’ personal resources in demanding but stimulating way

Age Encounters: exploring age and intergenerational identity

Age Encounters was a video documentary project that explored questions of age, age discrimination and intergenerational relationships.