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Strategies to support isolated seniors

Professor Anthea Tinker visited South Australia’s residential and community care provider, Resthaven, recently to share with staff strategies on how to eliminate social isolation among older Australians.
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Professor Anthea Tinker visited South Australia’s residential and community care provider, Resthaven, recently to share with staff strategies on how to eliminate social isolation among older Australians.

Professor Tinker has been a Professor of Social Gerontology at King’s College in London since 1988, and is the sole author of 10 books and co-author of 20.

She has carried out research on housing, assistive technology, family care, older workers, community care, older women, elder abuse, falls and accidents.

“Professor Tinker’s expertise is highly valuable and we appreciate her visiting the site to speak with staff,” Resthaven chief executive, Richard Hearn, said.

Resthaven, in collaboration with Adelaide University and a number of other industry and academic partners, including Professor Tinker, is undertaking research into social isolation in older people.

After the seminar, Professor Tinker toured Resthaven Malvern with Richard Hearn and Resthaven executive manager, community services, Sue McKechnie.

Established in 1935, Resthaven is a not for profit aged care community service of the Uniting Church, respected for the delivery of high quality, responsive care services for older South Australians and their carers.  

Resthaven’s residential aged care and in home care and support options are offered throughout metropolitan Adelaide, the Adelaide Hills, Murraylands, Riverland and across the Limestone Coast. Resthaven employs about 800 staff who are supported by 450 volunteers.  

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