Australia's ageing population includes older workers, active older people and people in deep old age facing physical and mental frailty. Many are likely to experience financial hardship and other challenges including ill-health and declining contact with family and friends.
Social attitudes towards ageing, the changing contribution of older people to society and intergenerational relationships each play a part in the experience of disadvantage influenced by age. An increased consumer voice within a marketised welfare economy provides a backdrop to contemporary policy directions in aged care.
We are especially concerned about older people living on low incomes, those with limited family support and those with cognitive decline and we are exploring their experience of disadvantage, stigma and mistreatment, as well as structural causes of disadvantage.
Our work supports and informs policy and program development in our aged care services and for mature age workers, by building a robust knowledge base about the experience of later life and increasing understanding of how to reduce disadvantage among older people now and in the future.
Enhancing employment services for mature age jobseekers
Policy responses to workforce age discrimination tend to focus on the role of employers in providing opportunities for older Australians. This research project by contrast focuses on employment services.
Towards improved care for people with dementia
The Brotherhood is involved in two research projects designed to support improved care for older people with dementia and their carers.
Social inclusion, capabilities and older Australians
This research developed a framework for identifying capabilities and enhancing social inclusion of older Australian.
Understanding and preventing workforce vulnerabilities in midlife and beyond
This study examined mature aged people's lived experience, pathways and outcomes of involuntary non-participation or underparticipation in paid work.
Knowhow for later life
This study asked older Australians what knowhow they think is needed and how they prefer to acquire it.
Will increased choice in community aged care benefit all consumers?
Introducing the multiple regulatory frameworks that may impact service delivery
Mapping the multiple frameworks reveals regulatory clusters
How organisations respond to the demands of regulation
Four articles related to mature-age employment in Social Policy and Society vol. 15, no. 4
Too old to work, too young to retire
Older Australians are being expected to work longer, yet increasing numbers experience long-term unemployment and chronic job insecurity.
Generating knowhow in later life
How do older Australians develop the knowhow to devise lives they value in our changing society?