University of NSW’s Ageing Futures Institute (AFI) is a leader in research into ageing which aims to drive quality in outcomes for individuals and society as a whole through better responses to challenges and opportunities in ageing.  The Institute has compiled a series of resources and tips for our somewhat restricted lives that you can download here. The resources look at six aspects of wellness in these times of physical distancing:

  • Social wellness – Includes difficulties of social isolation, digital ways of staying connected and suggestions for  arranging social interaction if you’re not tech-savvy, and ideas on making tricky decisions about who you see.
  • Physical wellness –nutrition, exercise and  strengthening balance while at home, sleep, and things to avoid.
  • Environmental wellness – Our surroundings greatly impact how we feel and function so tips include getting around, using transport, and ideas for connecting with nature.
  • Emotional wellness – Includes suggestions such as limiting media exposure, sticking to a routine, being creative, mindfulness and meditation.
  • Intellectual wellness – Suggestions to ward off boredom and keep your mind sharp include online events and virtual excursions, online courses to expand your knowledge, online games, participating in research.
  • Financial wellness –  Things to think about now include checking on your super and talking to your fund and other experts before making decisions, consider paying for more things online, how to avoid scams, and where to find debt support.

The Institute takes a life-course approach to ageing to help people to not only live longer but age well throughout all stages of life. Its research considers individuals’ life events, choices, situations and influences from birth, and the effects as these factors accumulate and impact ageing. Its research follows five themes:

  • Cognition, brain and mental health.
  • Economy and policy – how the structure of social institutions, government, policy, and regulation inhibit or help individuals and society to optimise ageing.
  • Ensuring healthy ageing for all – by reducing inequities in preventative measures and at the point of health care in practical ways.
  • People, technology and creativity – support ageing for people and society by integrating the knowledge of technology, smart design, and the built environment.
  • Self and society – changing perceptions of ageing, reducing stigma and addressing social isolation and loneliness.

Experts from across UNSW faculties including Art & Design, Arts & Social Sciences, Built Environment, Business, Engineering, Law, Medicine and Science, have input to the Institute’s work. It also partners with government, industry, community and academic collaborators to make sure its research translates clearly across the spectrum of ageing issues.

Download  its resources for this period of isolation here.    You can explore the work of UNSW’s Ageing Futures Institute from its home page.    If you’d like to participate in research by the Ageing Futures Institute, register your interest here.

If you’re interested in getting some information and advice about how to support your independence and wellbeing at home, please call our experienced Community Care Advisor, Nuala Williams,  on 9427 6425 or email