Wednesday, July 27, 2005

All About Australian Elderly Women Living Alone

In Australia, elderly women accessing community services to remain at home outnumber men three to one.

This is revealed in the latest overview of who is benefiting from commonwealth-funded programs designed to help elderly and frail people stay in familiar neighbourhoods instead of taking the often traumatic step into nursing homes.

The Australian Institute of Health's report on who is getting community services, to be released today, shows that women are three times more likely than men to be living on their own.

Get the full story from The Australian.   Then, get a scholarly analysis of this phenomenon as discussed in Gender, ageing, and injustice: social and political contexts of bioethics from the Journal of Ethics and Medicine.

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