Australia’s population is ageing; it is estimated that by 2064 close to one in four (23%) Australians will be aged 65 years and over.
These seniors are more likely to be women than men and healthier than any generation before them. However, ageism can often act as a barrier to seniors contributing in their local communities, even if they are mentally and physically able and willing.
In her City Planning honours thesis, Urbis Community Planning Consultant Isabelle Kikirekov investigated the potential for intergenerational living to improve the lives of senior women in NSW. The primary research involved interviews with senior women either living in their own homes (ageing in place) or residing in a seniors’ village.