Australia’s Age Discrimination Commissioner is in Katherine today exploring the challenges of elder abuse.
Dr Kay Patterson said she is particularly worried about the number of older women at risk of homelessness.
“The rate of homelessness among older women in the NT is 19 times higher than the national rate and while the NT saw a decline in homelessness generally between 2011 and 2016, the number of older women experiencing homelessness remains stable,” Dr Patterson said.
“Nationally, we know older Australians are one of the fastest growing categories of homeless. Older single women are particularly vulnerable to housing difficulties later in life due to the high cost of housing and having less wealth at retirement resulting from the gender pay gap and differences in workforce participation.”