Monday, November 5, 2007

Older Australians: family contact and friendship

What happens to our links with family and friends as we grow older? Does the incremental loss of family and friends mean that growing older is a path to loneliness and isolation?
A new feature article in today's Age Matters newsletter (cat. no. 4914.0.55.001) looks at older people and their connections with relatives and friends.

An analysis of grandparent families utilising 2006 Census data is also available in this issue of the newsletter. Grandparents caring for their grandchildren have become an increasing topic of interest in our community, and this Census is the first to enable identification of grandparent/grandchild relationships and living arrangements for children under 15.

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