29th January 2021
Professor Julie Byles, Head of ILC-Australia presents on ‘Healthy Ageing at very old ages – perspectives of women from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health, at the 53rd Annual Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) Conference in 2020.
The latter period of life is often characterised in terms of increasing burden of disease and disability, decline in physical function, decreased capacity for wellbeing and quality of life, reduced social participation and increased needs for health and social care. However, over recent decades, there has been a greater emphasis on the potential for people to age “successfully” and “healthy”.
The WHO 2015 World Report on Ageing and Health framed a public health goal of Healthy Ageing as a process of “building and maintaining for as long as possible of the functional ability that enables older people to be and to do the things they have reason to value”. The aim of this project was to interview women in their mid to late 90s to gain insights into the women’s own perspectives of ageing, and to compare how these perspectives fit with the construct of healthy ageing as framed by the WHO.
The 51 women from the oldest cohort of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH) born between 1921-26, participated in the interviews. The interviews were designed to encourage women to discuss their functional ability to do the things they want to do, their overall wellbeing, and the ways in which they are supported by their environments. The interviews were transcribed and de-identified prior to importing into the qualitative data analysis program N-Vivo. The data were then subjected to thematic analysis to identify major themes in relation to the research aims.
Healthy ageing hasn’t translated as a concrete idea, but is a lived reality for many of these women with most saying they were well and happy. Generally, women interpreted healthy ageing as freedom from diseases, while other women interpreted it as referring to healthy diet and exercise, keeping active, maintaining interests and having a positive outlook.
Director | Research Centre for Generational Health and Ageing
Global Innovation Chair in Responsive Transitions in Health and Ageing
School of Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle
"Let the elderly be included, they matter" is the message that Tineke Abma would like to convey. On Friday, June 23, she delivered her inaugural lecture 'The Art of Belonging' following her appointment as professor of Elderly Participation at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. This is a brief summary of her inaugural speech.
23 June 2023
Members of the ILC Global Alliance got together at the IFA’s 16th Global Conference on Ageing in Bangkok, Thailand, last June. Representatives of ILCs from Canada, Singapore, United Kingdom, South Africa and Australia, as well as ILC GA Secretariat Silvia Perel-Levin, attended the conference.
In the forum moderated by HLPF Chair Lachezara Stoeva, President, UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Ovide Mercredi and other participants discussed the effective and inclusive recovery measures to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and explore actionable policy guidance for the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs at all levels. Speaking as an older Cree man, who has spent his adult life fighting for the rights of First Nations people, Ovide challenged Member States to commit to real change by addressing the SDG goals in a comprehensive manner.
10 July 2023