Ageing

We’re here to offer support, companionship and advice for older members of the LGBTI community.

Community Visitor Scheme

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While loneliness and isolation can affect anyone’s mental health, the impact can be more severe for older people.

Our Community Visitor Scheme is all about reducing social isolation of older LGBTI people by providing company and friendship of Volunteer Visitors.

Our trained volunteers make regular one on one home visits where they chat over a cuppa, listen to music, watch a movie or participate in a hobby, game or other activity.

The service operates in Sydney as well as the Hunter, Nepean, Illawarra and Central Coast regions.

The service is available to recipients of Australian Government subsidised Home Care Packages who have been identified by their aged care provider as experiencing or at risk of experiencing social isolation, whether for social or cultural reasons or because of disability.

To get involved as a client, volunteer or service provider please contact us: (02) 9206 2028 or email:communityvisitor@acon.org.au

The LOVE Project

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The LOVE Project (Living Older Visibly & Engaged) is an ACON initiative that’s all about creating better conversations and improved social engagement with our older LGBTI community members.

By understanding people’s preferences we can facilitate greater social connectivity, improve social inclusion and evolve services to meet the needs of our LGBTI elders.

The friendly health promotion team of the LOVE Project welcomes you to get on board to share experiences, interact with other members of the LGBTI community and create a healthier, active and social lifestyle for yourselves and those around you.

Check out the LOVE website

For more information, contact: Russ Gluyas   |   02 9206 2017  |  rgluyas@acon.org.au

 

Fact Sheets

Wellness Weekends

ACON’s LOVE Project is delivering Wellness Weekends for People 50+ living with HIV.

Keeping fit and active, building emotional strength, eating well, future planning, improving our social connections and strengthening the support networks we share are just some of the topics we will explore.

We invite lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people 50+ to join us for this community weekend. You will focus on improving how to self-manage healthy ageing and sharing your experience of living longer with HIV.

Share what works for you, explore personal strengths, get fitness ideas while enjoying some gentle breathing & stretching, make new friends and eat fabulous food!

When: Saturday 22 July, 9.30am – 4pm & Sunday 23 July, 11am – 4.30pm
Where: ACON, 414 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills

To register or for more information please contact:

Russ Gluyas   |   02 9206 2017  |  rgluyas@acon.org.au
Lionel Rabie  |   02 9206 2086  |  lrabie@acon.org.au

 

TAKE THE SURVEY

We would greatly appreciate you completing a short survey (as fully and honestly as possible). It asks a few basic questions about you and about your interest in, and availability to attend a weekend. It asks you to nominate topics which you’d like to know more about and give additional feedback on the design of the weekend.

Your feedback will also help us to further develop programs for older people living with HIV.

For more information please contact:  Russ Gluyas (LOVE Project)  |   02 9206 2017  |  rgluyas@acon.org.au

Visit: www.loveproject.org.au

Supported by ViiV Healthcare.

HIV & Ageing

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People with HIV who commence treatment early and who maintain effective control of their HIV viral load have a life expectancy no different from the general population. This has been clearly demonstrated in large studies of people in high income countries with access to best practice HIV clinical care.

However, HIV infection could still damage the immune system. HIV potentially causes premature ageing of the immune system, which means there may be at risk of disease at an earlier age or at slightly increased rates compared to the general population.

Potential health issues may include cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, frailty, and neurocognitive deficits.

Find out more about HIV and ageing