The barriers and enablers to service access for older women living alone in Australia

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Dickins, M
Johnstone, G
Renehan, E
Lowthian, J
Ogrin, R
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2020
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Older women living alone are at risk of being socially and financially disadvantaged, which impacts their wellbeing. Currently there is a significant gap in knowledge relating to older women living alone. This study aimed to identify the barriers and enablers to service access in this group. We undertook a qualitative study comprising semi-structured interviews in metropolitan Melbourne, Australia. Thematic analysis was conducted to elucidate key themes. Thirty-seven women were interviewed between May and August 2017. Six key themes were identified: Financial; mental and emotional health; mobility and ability; transport; social connections; and knowledge. Access issues for older women living alone are multifaceted and interconnected. Barriers and enablers to service access, as well as their intersections with gender and living situation, should be considered in service design and re-design.

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Ageing and Society

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Human society

Psychology

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Dickins, M; Johnstone, G; Renehan, E; Lowthian, J; Ogrin, R, The barriers and enablers to service access for older women living alone in Australia, Ageing and Society, 2020

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