Social Inclusion Week
Social inclusion and engagement helps to reduce the risk of dementia and depression.
Social connection and a sense of belonging are essential to well-being and quality of life for all people. As we age, connection and engagement in meaningful activities with others becomes more important and helps to reduce the risk of dementia and depression.
Older people are susceptible to feeling isolated and lonely due to a combination of health and social factors including decline in hearing, memory loss, physical disabilities, mobility challenges and loss of loved ones.
This was amplified by the social restrictions and community service closures during the Covid-19 pandemic. Many people have been slow to start socialising again because they’re out of the habit or fear the risk of Covid-19 infection.
Thankfully, more initiatives and organisations are working within communities to provide opportunities for older people to become socially connected again.
In most areas, there are social groups or clubs for interests (various hobbies, technology, sports), groups which do community work and groups representing specific cultures. Your local council usually has a list of local groups, look on their website or phone them.
As part of Social Inclusion Week, we have provided the following links to seniors social opportunities in our campaign regions (Adelaide and Western Sydney) in the hope that you, or someone you care about, will find a new social group or activity to join.
Search for a club or activity that interests you via SAcommunity, South Australia’s free community information directory and volunteer program.
- Adelaide City Libraries and Community Centres Events
- Campbelltown City Staying Active and Connected for Seniors
- Charles Sturt Ageing Well Social Groups
- City of Burnside Social Activities
- City of Holdfast Bay Community Wellbeing
- City of Marion Wellbeing Activities
- City of Mitcham Support for Older People
- City of Norwood, Payneham, St Peters Social Activities
- City of Onkaparinga Ageing Well Program
- City of Playford Social Groups for Older People
- City of Prospect Social Outings and Events
- City of Salisbury Activities and Events for Seniors
- City of Tea Tree Gully Events and Programs for Seniors
- City of Unley Events for Seniors
- City of West Torrens Ageing Well Events
- COTA South Australia
- Men’s Sheds in Adelaide
- Town of Walkerville Community Groups
- University of the Third Age SA
- Australian Chinese Community Association
- Blacktown City Council Senior Clubs and Groups
- Blacktown Older Women’s Network
- City of Parramatta Over 55’s Ageing & Wellness – Social inclusion
- COTA NSW
- Cumberland City Council Seniors Calendar of Upcoming Events
- Hills Community Care Social Day Programs
- Men’s Shed in Western Sydney
- University of the Third Age Western Sydney