Australian Ageing Agenda

Older women the new face of homelessness

Older women have emerged as one of the most vulnerable groups in relation to housing insecurity and homelessness in Australia in recent years. They are not a group that is historically associated with homelessness and indeed, many older women have never been homeless before.

Lessons from overseas: the future impact of retiree renters

Aged care providers and governments need to plan now for the impact of lifelong renters on the financial models driving the industry. Downsizing from a family home to a smaller dwelling then into a retirement village and later to aged care if required, is a familiar path. However, baby boomers’ high expectations for life after retirement are shaping fresh approaches within the sector.

Roadmap provides solutions for older women's homelessness

More can be done to ensure the aged care system meets its responsibility for older women experiencing or at risk of homelessness, according to new research backed by providers in the housing, homelessness and aged care sectors. The research highlights the rapid increase in older women experiencing and at risk of homelessness and found that the implementation of aged care service information, asse

Five reasons why facilities may not be future of aged care

Current trends suggest that the changes in aged care in Australia that we’ve seen so far are just the tip of the iceberg, Aged care is undergoing a revolution. This article looks at reasons why aged care is already taking on a new meaning and why aged services may not be associated with discrete facilities in the future, but rather seamlessly integrated within neighbourhoods.

Want to age well? Fix the housing system

We need urgent action from government, business and the not-for-profit sector on the financing and supply of more affordable and social housing for older people.

The grey ghettos: seniors on the fringes doing it tough

A landmark analysis of census data shows that a “wellbeing divide” is emerging among older Australians, with housing the key issue. The Index of Wellbeing for Older Australians identified the areas where seniors with the lowest level of wellbeing lived, and the factors that contributed most to their low wellbeing.

Smart choices: aged care goes green

From sustainable design to renewable energy and purchasing carbon offsets, this article looks at three Australian aged care providers that are taking significant steps to minimise their environmental footprint and demonstrating why investing in sustainability has some surprising benefits.

‘New ideas to old problems’ needed says head of innovative housing service

Australia needs new solutions to address the growing number of homeless seniors,particularly women. Innovative solutions to look after this cohort are needed. This article looks at Common Ground Tasmania which opened in 2012. Older women have been drawn to the model as it provides safe and secure accommodation with a sense of community and purpose.

Sustainability in aged care

Thinking about sustainability across whole systems rather than in individual areas can create multiple benefits with limited resources.
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