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Older Aboriginal Australians’ Health Concerns and Preferences for Healthy Ageing Programs

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UNSW Medicine, University of New South Wales, Kensington, NSW 2052, Australia
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Aboriginal Health and Ageing Program, Neuroscience Research Australia, Randwick, NSW 2031, Australia
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Wellbeing and Preventable Chronic Diseases Division, Menzies School of Health Research, Brisbane, QLD 4000, Australia
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Faculty of Health, University of Technology, Sydney, NSW 2007, Australia
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UNSW Ageing Futures Institute, University of New South Wales, Kensington, NSW 2052, Australia
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(20), 7390; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17207390
Received: 18 September 2020 / Revised: 6 October 2020 / Accepted: 6 October 2020 / Published: 10 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Indigenous Health Wellbeing)
While there is strong evidence of the need for healthy ageing programs for older Aboriginal Australians, few are available. It is important to understand older Aboriginal Australians’ perspectives on healthy ageing in order to co-design culturally-appropriate programs, including views on technology use in this context. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 34 Aboriginal Australians aged 50 years and older from regional and urban communities to explore participants’ health concerns, preferences for healthy ageing programs, and receptiveness to technology. Qualitative data were analyzed using a grounded theory approach. This study found that older Aboriginal Australians are concerned about chronic health conditions, social and emotional well-being, and difficulties accessing health services. A range of barriers and enablers to participation in current health programs were identified. From the perspective of older Aboriginal people, a successful healthy ageing program model includes physical and cognitive activities, social interaction, and health education. The program model also provides culturally safe care and transport for access as well as family, community, cultural identity, and empowerment regarding ageing well as central tenets. Technology could also be a viable approach for program delivery. These findings can be applied in the implementation and evaluation of culturally-appropriate, healthy ageing programs with older Aboriginal people. View Full-Text
Keywords: indigenous population; ageing; health promotion; healthcare access; dementia; chronic disease; falls; technology; physical activity indigenous population; ageing; health promotion; healthcare access; dementia; chronic disease; falls; technology; physical activity
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Wettasinghe, P.M.; Allan, W.; Garvey, G.; Timbery, A.; Hoskins, S.; Veinovic, M.; Daylight, G.; Mack, H.A.; Minogue, C.; Donovan, T.; Broe, G.A.; Radford, K.; Delbaere, K. Older Aboriginal Australians’ Health Concerns and Preferences for Healthy Ageing Programs. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 7390. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17207390

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Wettasinghe PM, Allan W, Garvey G, Timbery A, Hoskins S, Veinovic M, Daylight G, Mack HA, Minogue C, Donovan T, Broe GA, Radford K, Delbaere K. Older Aboriginal Australians’ Health Concerns and Preferences for Healthy Ageing Programs. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(20):7390. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17207390

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Wettasinghe, Pamela M., Wendy Allan, Gail Garvey, Alison Timbery, Sue Hoskins, Madeleine Veinovic, Gail Daylight, Holly A. Mack, Cecilia Minogue, Terrence Donovan, Gerald A. Broe, Kylie Radford, and Kim Delbaere. 2020. "Older Aboriginal Australians’ Health Concerns and Preferences for Healthy Ageing Programs" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 20: 7390. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17207390

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