Shared Living Preferences Of Older Australians
Living alone is a significant contributor to general loneliness, particularly in the older community as it becomes more difficult to maintain a social circle. It is recognised that one in four Australians are lonely; especially widowed, divorced, or single individuals (APS, 2018).
COVID-19 has heightened the
phenomenon we know as loneliness, with organisations such as Lifeline and
others reporting record high call volumes from people struggling.
In 2017, people aged 65 and over comprised 15.0% of Australia's total population, totalling around 3.8 million people, and this is expected to increase between 21.0% and 23.0% by 2066 (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2019). This report answers a timely question:“Is shared living a potential solution for older Australians 55 and over in order to minimise financial stress and loneliness?”