The ACT has one of the fastest-growing populations of people aged 60 years and over in Australia. This report explores the link between social isolation and disadvantage, and mental and physical health and wellbeing for older women in the ACT. The issues identified were: health status; financial status; carer responsibilities, retirement; relocation; safety; transport; and volunteering. The survey questionnaire was designed around these eight issues and in addition, asked women about their views on social connectedness. The report demonstrates that, in addition to poor health status, social connectedness is negatively impacted by poor financial status and lack of access to transport. Access to information also emerged as a key issue impacting upon older women’s social connectedness. It is hoped that the insight gained through this research provides some guidance to those who are interested in positive ageing in the ACT.

Older women and social connectedness – A snapshot of the ACT

Older women and social connectedness – A snapshot of the ACT