Women & Dementia: A Global Challenge – Global Alzheimer’s and Dementia Action Alliance

Our Women & Dementia: A Global Challenge report, released today, collates published research on the issue and highlights that the prevalence, care burden and stigma of dementia disproportionately affects women, making it a global women’s health, social care and rights challenge that can no longer be ignored. This report analyses existing national policy responses to … [Read More] Women & Dementia: A Global Challenge – Global Alzheimer’s and Dementia Action Alliance

Quality Aged Care: Have your say – Department of Health, Ageing and Aged Care

Quality aged care for older people is vital for the whole community. This is why the Australian Government is introducing a Single Aged Care Quality Framework across aged care from July 2018. Quality aged care for older people is vital for the whole community. This is why the Australian Government is introducing a Single Aged … [Read More] Quality Aged Care: Have your say – Department of Health, Ageing and Aged Care

New Issue: Quest – Adult Learning Australia

Quest Issue 1, 2017 IN THIS ISSUE Tips and Trends: Power through power tools — A Women’s Shed that teaches women trades skills is flourishing in Orange, New South Wales. Message from the CEO Board news Learning to believe at Griffith Uni Crunch time at Woodend ACE update Tips for putting adult learning — Principles into practice … [Read More] New Issue: Quest – Adult Learning Australia

Exploring Home Sharing for Elders – Journal of Housing for the Elderly

ABSTRACT Research suggests that third party-arranged home sharing (“TPAHS”) enables elders to remain at home in advanced age by connecting elder home owners with suitable live-in “matches.” TPAHS potentially saves elders, their families, and Medicaid budgets millions of a dollars per year in avoided and postponed nursing home costs. In interviews with elder TPAHS participants … [Read More] Exploring Home Sharing for Elders – Journal of Housing for the Elderly

Aussie seniors the forgotten victims of housing affordability crisis – Starts at Sixty

Extract from article on Starts at Sixty website Not all Baby Boomers are reaping the rewards of rocketing property prices. In fact, plenty are doing it very tough. Are you one of them? The Baby Boomers who’re accidental millionaires thanks to the soaring value of their family home are regulars in the news. But older Aussies … [Read More] Aussie seniors the forgotten victims of housing affordability crisis – Starts at Sixty

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

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