Criterion
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
NEWS  |  General, Research

Can Fitness Beat the Blues for Older Australians?


Thursday, 10th November 2011 at 9:46 am
Staff Reporter
New research hopes to discover if jumping on a treadmill holds the key to reducing depression among older Australians and their carers.


Thursday, 10th November 2011
at 9:46 am
Staff Reporter


0 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
Can Fitness Beat the Blues for Older Australians?
Thursday, 10th November 2011 at 9:46 am
Flickr Image AttributionNoncommercial Some rights reserved by mrlins  

New research hopes to discover if jumping on a treadmill holds the key to reducing depression among older Australians and their carers.

The Gillard Government is providing nearly $700,000 funding for a four year study into a program that aims to reduce depression among older Australians and their carers by improving their fitness.

The study will investigate whether the use of a specifically designed exercise program for older Australians and their carers can reduce the incidence of depression and improve mental wellbeing.

Launching the research at the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI), Mark Butler – The Minister for Mental Health and Ageing said, “Carers provide the majority of direct care to older Australians and the invaluable work that they carry out underpins the lives of many families right across the country.”

Butler said, “Often this care is provided at a cost to their own physical and mental health.”

Carers and care recipients will take part in the home exercise program together – which will include balance and strength training. The Government hopes improving the fitness of carers and care recipients will help build confidence, reduce isolation and depression and prevent falls.

Butler said as the nation’s population ages, “it’s important we support people who are adjusting to the needs and responsibilities of being a carer and help them to stay happy and healthy.”  




Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers?

Get in touch at news@probonoaustralia.com.au

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Giving Children a Voice to Fight Harm

Maggie Coggan

Monday, 17th September 2018 at 8:40 am

Mapping Out Health Justice Partnerships Identifies Gaps

Maggie Coggan

Monday, 3rd September 2018 at 5:15 pm

Getting the Elephant Out of the Room on Women’s Health Issues

Maggie Coggan

Monday, 27th August 2018 at 8:43 am

Unpaid Carers Facing Significant Economic Disadvantage

Luke Michael

Tuesday, 21st August 2018 at 3:45 pm

POPULAR

$50 million Up For Grabs to Help NFPs Drive Change

Maggie Coggan

Monday, 17th September 2018 at 4:21 pm

Family Faces ‘Devastating’ Loss of Support for Son with Disability

Luke Michael

Tuesday, 11th September 2018 at 8:37 am

Australia’s Most Innovative NFPs Highlighted

Luke Michael

Thursday, 13th September 2018 at 8:41 am

Philanthropic Leader Calls to Overhaul Economic System

Maggie Coggan

Thursday, 13th September 2018 at 8:52 am

Criterion
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

The social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!