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.
This background paper provides context regarding older women’s homelessness. It offers some potential solutions to reduce women’s risk of homelessness with a focus on preventative and innovative approaches that look beyond social and community housing as the answer.
This paper outlines how demographic, social and economic pressures will impact on aged care in Australia. For many, particularly the very elderly (85+), advancing age brings with it an increasing need for care and support. Australia’s population is ageing and the proportion of very old people is increasing so there is likely to be an increase in demand for aged care services in coming decades.
Retired lower income households living in the private rental sector face rent increases and insecure tenure while being on low fixed incomes. They also live in housing that may not be physically suitable for them and may require alterations to make the premises liveable. The policy options presented here focus on assisting older lower income tenants.
The number of older homeless women in Australia increased by over 30% between 2011 and 2016 to nearly 7,000. We have an ageing population, a high cost of housing, and a significant gap in wealth accumulation between men and women across their lifetimes. Without innovative solutions this problem will continue to increase.
This document outlines issues for practitioners and service providers to consider when working with older women who are experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness. It is targeted primarily at practitioners and service providers who are not experienced with, or specialists, in providing services to older women experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.
The aim of this Background Paper is to provide an introduction to the diverse experiences and needs of older women who are experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness. The intended audience is policy makers and people working with older Australians, including personal care workers in facilities and people’s homes, aged care leaders, health and allied health professionals, and researchers.
The UK’s population is getting older. The latest government figures show that in 2016, 18% of people were aged 65 and over, and 2.4% were aged 85 and over. This paper looks at some planning implications for urban renewal, including housing and transport, when it comes to this demographic trend.
Demand for retirement care in the US, including housing, is expected to grow at a fast pace in the coming decades. The probability of needing to rely on living assistance or even long-term full care rises sharply as people age.
A background paper on the intersection of ageing, gender and homelessness in Western Australia.
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