Young women can budget in the short term but struggle with long-term investments – The Conversation

Extract from an article by James Arvanitakis, Lauren Stanley and Trina Jorre de St Jorre Our investigation into the financial literacy of young women finds they are confident in implementing budgeting and savings strategies, but lack the knowledge and confidence required to implement long-term financial strategies. This is surprising given that financial literacy usually refers to not only … [Read More] Young women can budget in the short term but struggle with long-term investments – The Conversation

“Working with COW”: Social Work Supporting Older Women Living in the Community – Journal of Gerontological Social Work

ABSTRACT Australia, like all developed Western countries, is experiencing a demographic shift resulting in an increasing proportion of the population being over the age of 65 years. Contrary to stereotypes, the vast majority of older people live independently in communities. This article explores the potential of social work practice informed by community development principles to enable … [Read More] “Working with COW”: Social Work Supporting Older Women Living in the Community – Journal of Gerontological Social Work

‘In this together’ or ‘Going it alone’: Spousal dyad approaches to Alzheimer’s – Journal of Aging Studies

Highlights Spousal dyads divided into I/Me and We/Us in their approaches to their situations. Relationship satisfaction, cognitive or functional ability, and anxiety, depression and burden were similar in both groups. Carers in We/Us dyads expressed more positive aspects of caregiving than those with an I/Me outlook. Mutual compassion, a characteristic of the We/Us approach, may … [Read More] ‘In this together’ or ‘Going it alone’: Spousal dyad approaches to Alzheimer’s – Journal of Aging Studies

Housing stress ‘dire’ as elderly Canberra women resort to sleeping in cars – The Canberra Times

Extract from an article by Doug Dingwall Women more than 80 years old are turning to Canberra’s homeless services for shelter, forced out of housing by the ACT’s rental market, low savings and family violence. Homelessness services are reporting a rise in clients who are elderly women, some resorting to sleeping in cars and couch surfing for … [Read More] Housing stress ‘dire’ as elderly Canberra women resort to sleeping in cars – The Canberra Times

Reinventing density: co-living, the second domestic revolution – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Timothy Moore This is the third piece in our series, Reinventing density, co-published with Future West (Australian Urbanism). Many housing types are totally at odds with how people live today because people don’t have as many material goods as they used to. Those under 30 may not own much at all. … [Read More] Reinventing density: co-living, the second domestic revolution – The Conversation

Homelessness for Older Australian Women a ‘Sleeping Giant’ – Pro Bono Australia

Extract from an article by Lina Caneva Ongoing research into a growing housing crisis among Australia’s ageing baby boomer women, especially in regional Australia, has identified the problem as a “sleeping giant”. Researchers Sandy Darab and Yvonne Hartman from the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Southern Cross University in Lismore in NSW are completing … [Read More] Homelessness for Older Australian Women a ‘Sleeping Giant’ – Pro Bono Australia

Dementia – A selection of articles

Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice: Current issue November 2016; 15 (6) Editorial: Co-production and engagement of people with dementia: The issue of ethics and creative or intellectual copyright[Full text] ‘Singing for the Brain: A qualitative study exploring the health and well-being benefits of singing for people with dementia and their carers Dementia … [Read More] Dementia – A selection of articles

Women over 55 are the fastest growing group of homeless in a “hidden crisis” – Wentworth Courier

Extract from an article by Megan Drapalski ESTHER*  has endured more in her life than most people could fathom. The eastern suburbs resident escaped the horrors of domestic violence, but making that break, coupled with overwhelming grief, left her without a home or a family she could turn to. For almost a decade, Esther, a woman … [Read More] Women over 55 are the fastest growing group of homeless in a “hidden crisis” – Wentworth Courier

Nowhere to go – older women and housing vulnerability – Right Now

Extract from an article by Anwen Crawford Annette, 67, lives alone in a western suburb of Sydney, roughly 25 minutes by car from the CBD. She rents a one-bedroom flat nearby to her two young grandchildren, whom she helps to care for. When she is not caring for her grandchildren Annette works part-time as a … [Read More] Nowhere to go – older women and housing vulnerability – Right Now

Apartment rent in Sydney and Melbourne beyond reach of many women – The Guardian

Extract from an article by Calla Wahlquist Analysis shows those paying rent alone on the average weekly wage for women would be priced out of all but one inner Melbourne suburb and even outer Sydney Melbourne is becoming increasingly unaffordable for single women, with one bedroom apartments in 75% of suburbs beyond the reach of the … [Read More] Apartment rent in Sydney and Melbourne beyond reach of many women – The Guardian

Single women can’t afford to live in the city and men can. Is that fair? The Guardian

Extract from an article by Van Badham and Gabrielle Jackson Two alarming reports that have surfaced expose the economic bedrock on which the material disadvantage of Australian women is perpetuated It’s not often Margaret Thatcher is quoted in support of structural feminist arguments for fairness. She wasn’t actually talking about women when she said “there is … [Read More] Single women can’t afford to live in the city and men can. Is that fair? The Guardian

The gender pay gap means that more women will be in poverty later in life – but there is something the government can do (UK) – The Independent

Extract from an article by Claire Turner The average net income of female pensioners per week is approximately 85 per cent of their male counterparts and over two thirds of pensioners living in poverty are women This week’s report by IFS illuminates the persistence of the gender pay gap. It highlights that women in paid work … [Read More] The gender pay gap means that more women will be in poverty later in life – but there is something the government can do (UK) – The Independent

Warning on Surge of Older Women Becoming Homeless – Pro Bono Australia

Extract from an article by Lina Caneva Mission Australia has urged the federal government to take action to reduce the number of older women becoming homeless Mission Australia’s CEO Catherine Yeomans warned that without an increase in appropriate affordable housing, the numbers of vulnerable older women without a safe place to live would continue to … [Read More] Warning on Surge of Older Women Becoming Homeless – Pro Bono Australia

How we can counter a system that shuts out women suffering economic hardship – Women’s Agenda

Extract from an article by Katelijne Lenearts We often hear, “it’s the little things that matter”, those little daily details that can be the difference between our lives being just bearable and being pleasurable. And perhaps the older you get, the more this becomes true. You might need someone to help you up some stairs, across … [Read More] How we can counter a system that shuts out women suffering economic hardship – Women’s Agenda

Gender and age implications of extended working life policies in the US and Ireland – Critical Social Policy

ABSTRACT Policies designed to extend working life and reduce pension costs have been the dominant policy response to population ageing. Such policies include increasing state pension age, flexible working and privatisation of pensions. Despite men’s and women’s typically different work-life trajectories, policymakers have paid little attention to either the differential effects of such policies on … [Read More] Gender and age implications of extended working life policies in the US and Ireland – Critical Social Policy

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