The Australian dream: Housing Experiences of Older Australians

With a significant and growing proportion of Australians aged over 65, the so-called “Australian Dream” is facing stark realities. In The Australian Dream: Housing Experiences of Older Australians, Professor Alan Morris goes directly to the coal-face, drawing on 125 in-depth interviews and comparing real world experience with the trends and needs of an ageing Australia. Those older Australians renting privately are often struggling to purchase necessities and running out of money for food before the next pension payout,” notes Professor Morris. “And the mental health of older private renters is certainly impacted by their situation. “What is also shown quite clearly is the enormous shortage of social housing, and the challenges that this is presenting for our ageing population.”