Older women have a right to appropriate and affordable housing as a foundation for their wellbeing, however they are the fastest growing cohort of people experiencing homelessness in Australia. Older women’s pathway to homelessness is a gendered issue and a consequence of long-term systemic issues.
This research was part of the Greater Manchester Growing Older with Learning Disabilities (GM GOLD) project, which was carried out by a team of 16 older people with learning disabilities.
A redesign and renovation of social-housing apartments across Australian cities is desperately needed to ensure older women with mobility issues are not trapped inside their homes. During this Covid-19 isolation period, it has become apparent how inappropriate some social housing has become for older and disabled women.
Nearly 400 people — including rough sleepers — have been housed in hotels and motels across Adelaide since the Covid19 pandemic began.
This US opinion piece argues the case for housing homeless people in currently empty facilities, as a way of limiting the spread of the virus.. Homeless people tend to have higher rates of the kinds of chronic conditions that make severe illness with SARS-CoV2—and the need for greater medical resources—more likely.
The housing circumstances of low income older households, in particular female headed households, has become a matter of significant concern over the last few years with increasing numbers of women at risk of homelessness and experiencing homelessness, often for the first time in older age. Unfortunately, there is no one data set that can capture all of the factors that appear to influence low in
Two trends are certain: populations around the world are ageing rapidly and we are experiencing the largest wave of urban growth in history. Health is central to our experience of older age. The quest for best health will be won or lost in our cities. Cities and communities directly affect health, through barriers or incentives that affect opportunities, decisions and behaviour.
Like most developed countries, Australia has an ageing population. The number of people in WA aged 65 or over is projected to grow by 40 per cent to more than 500,000 by 2026. Without access to suitable, affordable homes, more older people will struggle to balance housing and living costs or will be living in homes they cannot manage or maintain.
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