Generations Initiative is a new undertaking by researchers in the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work, aiming to explore the challenges our society must tackle as we face a rapidly ageing population.
Generations Initiative will look at how this swelling age demographic presents a range of complex challenges and opportunities for governments, policy makers and communities, highlighting the importance of understanding what it means to age well, and the resources needed to achieve this.
Led by Director Associate Professor Tim Windsor and Deputy Directors Dr Monica Cations and Dr Stephanie Wong, Generations Initiative will look to improve the health of our ageing population by better understanding of individual and societal ageing.
The broader membership of the initiative includes several CEPSW staff (Dr Jane Jarvis, Associate Professor Nathan Weber, Dr Ryan Balzan, Dr Julia Turner Scott, Emeritus Professor Mary Luszcz, Dr Leah Couzner, Dr Dan Fassnacht and Dr Kathina Ali), along with students (Daniele Antoniou, Alexis Howard, Amy Harvey, Clare Beard and Claudia Ciccarello), as well as Flinders-based researchers external to CEPSW and national and international collaborators.
The mission of the Generations Initiative is:
- To improve the health and wellbeing of older people through research that increases the understanding of individual and societal ageing.
- To enhance the social capital and resilience of communities by fostering intergenerational connections.
- To contribute to the development of better services for older adults receiving care in the community, and in residential care.
- To engage with relevant academic, government and non-government organisations to inform policy and program development and service delivery.
- To provide a high-quality research and training environment to attract and build capacity of students, post-doctoral and early career researchers in gerontology.
- To maintain and enhance collaborations with national and international scholars.