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21st century housing careers and Australia's housing future : literature review. /

by Beer, Andrew | Faulkner, Debbie | Gabriel, Michelle.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute 2005Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: INTO AND OUT OF WORK SCHOOL TO WORKSummary: This position paper suggests that a growing number of individuals are continuing to live with their parents into their 20s and 30s due to shifts in attitudes, demography, government policies and working patterns.Availability: (1)

A Better Life: what older people with high support needs value /

by Katz, Jeanne | Joseph Rowntree Foundation | Holland, Caroline | Peace, Sheila | Taylor, Emily | Blood, Imogen (ed.).

Publisher: Joseph Rowntree Foundation Nov 2011Description: 59 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: This report explores what older people with high support needs want from and value in their lives, and suggests a model for exploring factors that are facilitatory or compromising in these terms. People with high support needs in the UK are not a homogenous group, and although most are over 85 years old, there is considerable variation across age, ethnicity, health and social care needs, financial status and lifestyle. Little is known about what these people want and value, while negative assumptions are sometimes made about their ability to comment on and participate in decision-making and collective action. ...SummaryAvailability: (1)

A carrot and a big stick : understanding private health insurance and older Australians /

by Temple, Jeromey | National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre | Adair, Tim.

Publisher: Braddon, A.C.T. National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre 2011Description: PDF.Other title: NSPAC research monograph ; no. 1.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: October 2011 Bibliography pp. 36-38 Appendices pp. 39-46Summary: Healthy and productive ageing rests considerably upon timely and affordable access to health care. In the near future, expenditure on health care is expected to rise as population ageing places heavier demands on the public health care system. The Federal Treasury projects government expenditure on health care on those aged 65 and over is to increase seven-fold from 2010 to 2050, and 12-fold for the over 85 age group over the same period. To alleviate pressure from the public health care system, from the late 1990s the then Howard government introduced key reforms to the private health insurance sector, which sought to encourage Australians of all ages to purchase private health insurance. These reforms are colloquially referred to as 'carrots' and 'sticks': those that provide incentives to purchase, and disincentives not to purchase, private health insurance. This intervention was considered necessary because over time there had been an ongoing decrease in the number of younger, healthier persons with health insurance relative to older persons and those with more complex needs - a process health economists term as an adverse selection spiral.Availability: (1)

A fairer Victoria : standing together through tough times. /

by Victoria. Department of Planning and Community Development.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. The Department 2009Description: 73 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.).Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: INTO AND OUT OF WORK SCHOOL TO WORKAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

A road map for European ageing research /

by Futurage Project.

Publisher: Sheffield, U.K. University of Sheffield 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: October 2011 Appendices pp. 89-106 Bibliography pp. 107-109 Index pp. 112-116Summary: This document contains the research agenda that will enable Europe to respond successfully to the unprecedented demographic challenges it faces. Its twin starting points are the high priority allocated to population ageing, by Member States and the European Union as a whole, and the fundamental importance of scientific research as the driver of innovations in public policy, in a wide range of clinical and other professional practices, and in the development of products and services. The combination of science and innovation will be the cornerstone of Europe's future success, both in terms of economic growth and the promotion of social quality for all citizens, and that equation lies at the heart of this Road Map.Availability: (1)

Active ageing /

by European Commission.

Publisher: Brussels European Commission 2012Description: PDF.Other title: Special Eurobarometer ; no. 378.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: January 2012 Annexes pp. 124-260Summary: As the 2012 European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations gets off the ground, the European Commission has published an extensive survey on active ageing to understand citizens' views and attitudes towards older people. The survey also covers the contribution of older people in the workplace and society, as well as how best to promote the active role of older people in society.Availability: (1)

Age differences in job loss, job search, and reemployment /

by Johnson, Richard | Urban Institute | Mommaerts, Corina.

Publisher: Washington, DC Urban Institute 2011Description: PDF.Other title: The program on retirement policy. Discussion paper ; no. 11-01.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: January 2011 Bibliography pp. 29-33 INTO AND OUT OF WORKSummary: Working longer is often hailed as the best way to increase retirement incomes, yet this strategy depends crucially on seniors' ability to find work and hold on to their jobs. This study examines how the incidence and consequences of job displacement vary by age. Results show that older workers are less likely than younger workers to lose their jobs, but only because they generally have spent more time with their employers. When older workers lose their jobs, it takes them longer than their younger counterparts to become reemployed, and when they do find work they generally experience sharp wage declines.Availability: (1)

Age discrimination : exposing the hidden barrier for mature age workers /

by SaratChandran, Priya | Australian Human Rights Commission | O'Connell, Karen | Rosenman, Elena.

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. Australian Human Rights Commission 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p. 21-23Summary: The purpose of this paper is to look at and raise awareness and understanding of ageism and unlawful age discrimination against mature age workers within the workplace. This form of discrimination appears to sit quietly, it can go unnoticed and seems accepted. This paper aims to expose it. The paper explains what age discrimination and ageism are and what they can look like in Australian workplaces. It also outlines the often devastating impacts this form of discrimination can have on the lives of individuals, our communities and our nation as a whole. The paper explains how mechanisms, such as the Age Discrimination Act, can help to protect us from unlawful age discrimination and, more broadly, assist in tackling ageism within our community.Availability: (1)

Age of opportunity : transforming the lives of older people in poverty /

by Centre for Social Justice. Older Age Working Group.

Publisher: London, U.K. Centre for Social Justice 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: A policy report by the Older Age Working Group Chaired by Sara McKee June 2011 Bibliography : pp. 149-153Summary: Life expectancy in Britain has increased dramatically over the last 80 years. This is an achievement that should be celebrated unequivocally as many older people have been able to realise the opportunities a longer life has afforded. Home ownership has reached unprecedented levels and civic participation is widespread. Yet there is another side of the coin. This review's interim report, The Forgotten Age, identified another group of older people in Britain for whom increased life expectancy has not yet afforded greater opportunities. With one in five pensioners living below the poverty line, we analysed the wide range of challenges facing older people in our most deprived communities: stubbornly high levels of social isolation, not helped by poor transport routes particularly in rural areas; the poor housing conditions in which many (and even many homeowners) live; the poor health from which many suffer; the lack of access to good, independent financial advice and a faltering social care system. We believe, however, that for this group later life does not have to be this way. We believe the challenges identified in The Forgotten Age are not insurmountable and that for these individuals later life can be the 'time of gifts' it is for so many others. Age of Opportunity focusses on reforms to bring about this change.Availability: (1)

Aged care packages in the community 2008-09 : a statistical overview /

by Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Australian Institute of Health & Welfare 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Cat. no. AGE 61Summary: This report presents statistics about three types of community aged care packages, Community Aged Care Packages (CACP), Extended Aged Care at Home (EACH), and Extended Aged Care at Home Dementia (EACH D) over the period of 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009. These packages provide an alternative form of care to older Australians who are eligible for residential aged care, that is, to receive care in their own homes and communities: ; There has been increased supply across all three packages ; Usage is higher for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders compared to other Australians ; Usage is the highest by people from non-English-speaking backgrounds ; Residential aged care was the most common destination when clients left CACP, EACH, and EACH D Summary)Availability: (1)

Aged care policy blueprint 2020 /

by Catholic Health Australia.

Publisher: Deakin, A.C.T. Catholic Health Australia 2008Description: PDF.Summary: The last major reform of residential aged care policy occurred in 1997. The benefit of those reforms has now been exhausted. The first major reforms of aged care policy occurred under the Hawke Keating Government. CHA considers that it is time for the next major reforms to be implemented and that it would be appropriate for these to occur under a Rudd Government. ; This policy blueprint is the outcome of a consultation with members of Catholic Health Australia (CHA). One in nine residential aged care beds in Australia is provided through services operated by different bodies of the Catholic Church. CHA, as the peak body for these residential and home care services, speaks on behalf of the largest grouping of aged care services in the Australia. ; CHA adopted in July of 2008 a new vision for aged care which it seeks to see achieved by 2020. This vision is of equity of access to aged care services for all Australians, with a preference for those living in socioeconomic disadvantage.Availability: No items available

Ageing and cultural diversity strategy : policy proposal /

by Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria.

Publisher: Carlton, Vic. Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: February 2011 Bibliography : p. 16Summary: In Victoria the increasingly multicultural ageing population presents a significant policy challenge. It is imperative that the government and opposition parties commit to an Ageing and Cultural Diversity Strategy. This strategy sets out key policy recommendations across a range of aged care areas including community care, residential aged care, workforce diversity, ethnic carer support, elder abuse prevention and positive, active ageing. Older non-English speaking people prefer to stay living at home but many do not access services. Others may find themselves socially isolated in residential aged care facilities that cater mainly for English speakers. This strategy would be of significant benefit to people from non-English speaking and culturally diverse backgrounds as they become older and frailer. It is designed to assist decision makers develop cultural diversity policies and provides a cost-effective and quality continuum of care for older people from culturally diverse backgrounds.Availability: (1)

Ageing and disadvantage : current research and policy environment /

by KPMG.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. KPMG and the Brotherhood of St Laurence 2007Description: 48 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p. 45Summary: The changing age profile of Australia is caused by both a decrease in fertility and an increase in life expectancy. Life expectancy for a man aged 65 in 1964 was 77, by 2004 life expectancy had increased to 83 years. For women, average life expectancy at 65 has increased from 81 to 86 years. Increased life expectancy means that people retiring now and in the future will have a longer and more active period of retirement than previous generations. Policy for the future is generally made by looking at the past, but it is now clear that the priorities and needs of the future population will be different from the past, and research is needed to understand the requirements for future policy. The life history, expectations and needs of older people into the future may not be the same as the current generations of older people.Availability: (1)

Ageing and the barriers to labour force participation in Australia /

by Adair, Tim | National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre | Hosseini-Chavoshi, Meimanat.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Australia. Department of Education Employment and Workplace Relations 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: December 2011 Bibliography pp. 35-38 Appendix p. 39Summary: The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) projects that, between 2011 and 2020, the number of persons aged 50 and over in Australia will increase by more than 22 per cent. By 2050, the number aged 50 and over will have increased by over 80 per cent, or by 6.4 million. In comparison, the number of persons aged 18 to 49 is projected to grow by just over 35 per cent by 2050. This important demographic change, ceteris paribus, implies a greater role for mature age Australians both economically and in society more generally.Availability: (1)

Ageing and the use of the internet : current engagement and future needs /

by Milligan, Christine | Nominet Trust | Passey, Don.

Publisher: Oxford, U.K. Nominet Trust 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: October 2011 Bibliography pp. 82-89Summary: Over the past five years the number of people online, aged 65 and over, has remained relatively static, with between 25% and 35% using the internet (Oxford Internet Institute Survey 2011). As new online services become available and more benefits of being digitally connected are highlighted, this figure presents a real challenge to those working with this demographic group as there seems to be little impact aggregated to a national scale. Yet the over-65 population describes a diverse group. There can be up to 40 years life experience between those in early old age and those in late old age; it can describe people in good health and poor health; those who are physically or socially isolated or those living with, or supported by families. As such, a diverse range of approaches need to be put in place if we are to support them to benefit from using the internet. Similarly, when the online/offline figure is broken down into smaller age groups or correlated with other socio-economic characteristics (such as housing status, educational attainment, income levels etc) a clearer picture of internet use and the mechanisms of support for novice and advanced users becomes apparent. This publication sets out the latest research into how the internet is, and can be, used to support those over 65 as well as highlighting the mechanisms, themes and social situations that best enable this group to benefit from the internet. By doing so, it sets out a number of ways in which we can look to develop new approaches to supporting people over the age of 65 to get online in a sustained and meaningful way.Availability: (1)

Ageing and the welfare state : securing sustainability /

by Meier, Volker | Werding, Martin.

Publisher: Munich, Germany CESifo Group 2010Description: PDF.Other title: CESifo working paper ; no. 2916.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: January 2010 Bibliography p. 21-23Summary: Over the next four decades, increasing old-age dependency ratios exert an enormous upward pressure on welfare spending in most developed countries. As this is mainly due to existing unfunded public pension schemes, many countries have embarked on far-reaching reforms in this area, strengthening actuarial fairness, modifying indexation rules, adding elements of prefunding and, last but not least, attempting to extend the period of economic activity. Efforts to contain costs may also be relevant with regard to public expenditure on health and long-term care but, thus far, no country has started to really deal with these issues. Still, some countries have made substantial progress in securing the long-term sustainability of their welfare systems. What remains to be considered is re-constructing the system of intergenerational transactions as a potential way of removing disincentives to raise children and invest in their human capital in the long run.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Ageing in what place? The experience of housing crisis and homelessness for older Victorians - Final report /

by Hanover Welfare Services.

Publisher: South Melbourne, Vic. Hanover 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography pp. 41-43 Appendices pp. 44-47Summary: Australia is facing significant demographic shifts over the next decade as the population grows and ages. Currently, services for the ageing population are fragmented with no single government department assuming responsibility for older Australians in all their diversity. ; Homelessness and housing services are reporting an increase in aged people presenting for assistance with no (recent) history of homelessness. Older Australians in private rental, or those entering private rental for the first time, appear to be particularly vulnerable. While the population is diverse, these people all have insecure tenure and limited income. ; In Australia there is no coherent response for older people in housing crisis or at risk of homelessness. In Victoria, the service response for the aged is focused on individuals with chronic health issues and homeless histories. Currently, the homelessness service sector doesn't provide a clearly differentiated response to those at risk of housing crisis or homelessness who are ageing.Availability: (1)

Ageing with a lifelong disability : a guide to practice, program and policy issues for human services professionals /

by Bigby, Christine.

Publisher: London, U.K. Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2004Description: 319 p.Notes: Contents: 1. Successful Ageing: Continuity and Adaptation -- 2. Older People with Lifelong Disability: Strategies to Counter Age Discrimination -- 3. Healthy Ageing -- 4. Psychological Ageing and Emotional Well-being -- 5. A Sense of Belonging: Informal Support from Family, Friends and Acquaintances -- 6. Achieving a Sense of Purpose: Retirement or Supporting Lifestyle Choices -- 7. Achieving a Sense of Continuity and Security: Housing and Support Options to Enable Ageing in Place -- 8. Issues Confronting Older Parents Living with their Adult Children -- 9. Working with Older Parents -- 10. Policies and Programs for Successful Ageing -- App. Age-Related Biological Changes and Health Risks. Includes indexes. Bibliography: p. 286-307.Summary: With an emphasis on successful aging, the author discusses the issues and practicalities confronting older people with a lifelone disability, including discrimination. Proposing an integrated framework of service development that incorporates the physiological, psychological and sociological challenges of aging. Particular focus is given to lifestyle planning, as well as older parental carers of adults with a lifelong disability to support preparation and planning for the transition from parental care.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Ageing, health and innovation : policy reforms to facilitate healthy and active ageing in OECD countries /

by Taylor, Rebecca | International Longevity Centre UK.

Publisher: London, U.K. International Longevity Centre 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: June 2011 Bibliography : p. 35-43Summary: All OECD countries are experiencing unprecedented demographic change characterised by increasing longevity, a growing older population and falling birth rates. While significant differences remain between different OECD countries, the long term trends are similar and convergence looks likely to occur in the coming decades. These demographic changes are leading to a lower old age dependency ratio (the ratio of working age to non-working age people), which presents challenges for the social solidarity and long-term sustainability of health, social care and pensions systems. This paper outlines two philosophically different ways of approaching the challenge of demographic change. The first, which the paper calls the zero sum approach is to see it as a problem that requires today's working people to pay more and those drawing on social security systems to receive reduced benefits and to rely more on themselves. This approach risk intergenerational conflict as productive working people are asked to pay more to support the healthcare, social care and pensions of non-working people who may be perceived as having had an easier life.Availability: (1)

Aging : concepts and controversies /

by Moody, Harry R.

Edition: 6th ed.Publisher: Thousand Oaks, CA Pine Forge Press, an imprint of SAGE Publications 2009Description: xxxi, 503 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 461-484) and index. Contents: Basic Concepts I. A Life Course Perspective on Aging -- Controversy 1. Does Old Age Have Meaning? -- Controversy 2. Why Do Our Bodies Grow Old? -- Controversy 3. Does Intellectual Functioning Decline With Age? -- Basic Concepts II. Aging, Health Care, and Society -- Controversy 4. Should We Ration Health Care for Older People? -- Controversy 5. Should Families Provide for Their Own? -- Controversy 6. Should Older People Be Protected From Bad Choices? -- Controversy 7. Should People Have the Choice to End Their Lives? -- Basic Concepts III. Social and Economic Outlook for an Aging Society -- Controversy 8. Should Age or Need Be the Basis for Entitlement? -- Controversy 9. What Is the Future for Social Security? -- Controversy 10. Is Retirement Obsolete? -- Controversy 11. Aging Boomers: Boom or Bust? -- App. A. How to Research a Term Paper in Gerontology -- App. B. Internet Resources on Aging.Summary: The sixth edition of this student friendly textbook provides both a thorough explanation of the issues, as well as current research and controversies, exploring health care, socioeconomic trends, and the life course.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

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