Address factors forcing more women into poverty: COTA

THE peak body for older Australians, COTA Australia, calls on governments to address factors forcing more and more older women into poverty and homelessness.

COTA Australia chief executive Ian Yates said the financial security and wellbeing of people as they age was related to policies about income and wealth, housing, health and caring.

It is more acute in a generation where, historically, fewer women worked, or had broken careers.

"In general, women live longer and have better mental and physical health but they are often much less well prepared financially, particularly if they are single," he said.

"Men tend to be better off financially but are often in poorer health and are more likely to experience social isolation and mental health issues."

In 2015, COTA Australia will explore what it takes to ensure the genders are equally well prepared for the best possible experience in later life.


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