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The missing powerhouse of wisdom: vital conversations with older women

Tomorrow is International Women’s Day. With that in mind, the Melbourne Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation has launched some new research aimed at gaining insight into the issues women face as they grow older.

The research, entitled ‘Vital Conversations with Older Women Living in Greater Melbourne’was carried out by Dr Susan Feldman and Dr Harriet Radermacher.

Seven key themes emerged, including social connectedness, neighbourhood development and infrastructure, financial security and housing, family and generational change, ageism and abuse, volunteering and advocacy, information and technology.

“As a society we are quick to dismiss the life experiences and wisdom of older people,” said Catherine Brown, chief executive of the foundation. “We need to be more proactive in consulting with older women when making decisions for community initiatives.”

The full research will be launched in Melbourne on 8 March and can be found here.

Aged Care Insite spoke with Brown to find out more about the study.

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