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In this issue:

Welcome to our first edition
How to make the best use of the SSRG e-updates?
Health and Community Informed Choices Project
Positive Ageing
Charter of Consumer Rights
Blue Zones
Dementia and Driving
two hats...too hard?
Australian Human Rights Commission
Primary Prevention Plan 2011-2016
 
Welcome to our first edition
by: Sally Warnes

Hi Bev

Welcome to the first edition of our new e-newsletter. We hope you will enjoy the variety of articles that we have selected to inform, enthuse and motivate!
It's exciting times for the Collaborative Projects - we are all producing e-newsletters which ensures all the regions have access to a range of information. Thanks to the Eastern Collaborative Project, Lui DiVenuto, who has led the way! Thanks also to Lui for coming up with the perfect name for the south - The Southern Soapbox! You can expect to see the Southern Soapbox every 3 months and please don't hesitate to share ideas or articles to keep it relevant and interesting.

Please don't forget to send your vote in for the poll question - it can be found in the column on the right.

If you are not already a member of one of the SSRG workgroups you may be interested to know that each workgroup is comprised of representatives from providers who offer services to older people.
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How to make the best use of the SSRG e-updates?
Making it easier to participate(article from a previous edition)
by: Lui DiVenuto

This e-update is the end result of a lot of work over many years by the Eastern Collaborative Project . The Southern Services Reform Group will use this as a tool to make participation within project activities as easy as possible for as many as possible. The SSRG will be able to reach out and become a valuable resource to those who are unable to attend meetings as well as those able to attend.Learn more here

 
 
Health and Community Informed Choices Project
In Home Services Workgroup
by: Louise Fuller

This project is developing a resource that is promoting the understanding and knowledge of community services for seniors available in the southern suburbs of metropolitan Adelaide. The southern region includes those suburbs located within the cities of Onkaparinga, Holdfast Bay, Marion and Mitcham.

The resource titled Seniors Southern Services Directory includes an app and a pocket booklet.
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Positive Ageing
Population Health Approach
by: Sally Warnes

The proportion of older people is increasing faster than any other age group. In 1971 people aged 65 and over made up 8.3% of the population, in 2015 it is estimated that they will make up 16.4 % and by 2051 a huge 26% (Victorian Department of Health, 2012). In the next two decades the ageing population is expected to rise by 90%! The reasons for the ageing population are a fall in fertility rates and an increased life expectancy – people are living longer.Read more
 
 
Charter of Consumer Rights
SSRG Consumer Workgroup

To view the Charter of Consumer Rights click here
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Blue Zones
Dan Buettner

Dan Buettner is an internationally recognised researcher in living well and long. He identified communities that achieved better health and lived longer lives and termed these areas Blue Zones. To learn more about the secrets of the longest living, happiest people go to the Blue Zones website.

To view Dan Buettners talk click here. His explanation of the worlds Blue Zones is uplifting, motivating and inspirational. He shares the lifestyle habits that support longer life, past the age of 100!
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Dementia and Driving

For most people driving represents independence and control. Reducing or giving up driving can be a very personal and emotional experience. Therefore it can be a difficult topic to discuss. By approaching the conversation in a planned and sensitive manner the outcome is more likely to be positive and productive. Discussing such a sensitive topic is often best done with a person who the driver trusts. This could be a spouse, an adult child, the GP or a close friend. Start the conversation today!

The Hartford website has some valuable information about dementia and driving. It gives some sound advice plus helpful tips and tools.
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two hats...too hard?
Working Carers
by: SSRG Carer Issues Workgroup

"Constantly switching roles from carer to professional...I'm always wearing two hats"

The Carer Issues Workgroup have completed a resource to raise awareness in the workplace about working carers and where carers can access services to better manage their caring role.
 
 
Australian Human Rights Commission
Investing in care: Recognising and valuing those who care

Research into unpaid caring and the effect it has on workforce participation and financial security.

Excerpt from the Community Guide: “The superannuation system in Australia financially disadvantages people who spend time out of the workforce due to caring responsibilities.
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Primary Prevention Plan 2011-2016
South Australia. Department of Health
by: Statewide Service Strategy Division

Excerpt from Primary Prevention Plan 2011-2016
“There is great diversity in the health and wellbeing of older people, with many remaining healthy and independent well into their eighties and beyond.
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National World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Conference
The conference is going to be held in Adelaide on June17th and 18th

To get more information about the WEAAD conference click here
 
 
Southern Services Reform Group Website
Our website is updated regularly with information from the sector and latest initiatives from the workgroups. You can connect via this link www.ssrg.org.au
 

Healthy Ageing in the South

There is an adequate range of community support services offered for promoting, maintaining and restoring health in the southern region.








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