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NARI has been involved in this project over almost ten years of using sets of identical and non-identical twins aged over 65 for researching the influence of genes on the development of vital brain matter structures may have paid off according to recently published findings.
We have been taught to believe our health issues should be treated by health professionals. But for a healthy community to thrive, as we live much longer than predicted at our birth, society needs a much broader approach.
“They start to think that they are a drain on society and they talk about themselves in that way.” This internalising of the narrative of doom and gloom surrounding Australians approaching older age is one of the key issues Director of the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) Associate Professor Briony Dow wants political parties to tackle.
There is an obvious conflict of interests in any care industry where profits have to be made and returned to shareholders, rather than ploughed back into better care. Profit is never a good incentive for the common good. It’s easier to cut back on staff, food quality, proper supervision and social activity for those in care, while ramping up schemes that confuse people about entry and exit costs in aged care homes and deny families peace of mind and financial justice. Lack of enforcement of proper standards means the providers too often get away with it.
Because we all want to stay well as we age, Dr Frances Batchelor, the director of clinical gerontology at the National Ageing Research Institute, was invited to share some advice on healthy living.