Active ageing: inter generation transfers, caring networks and policies maintaining participation of older Australians and their carers.

Project Status: Archive
People Involved: Bettina Cass, Trish Hill, Ciara Smyth
Research Areas: Care
Funding Agency: Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

The objectives of this research project were to analyse the key risk and protective factors relating to economic and social participation and active engagement in social networks of older people and carers, and the role of care-giving in maintaining participation.

The following themes were investigated:

  • intra and inter-generational flows of income, assets, other resources and care-giving by and for older people;
  • family and household composition; extended networks of kin and friendship structures;
  • analysis of care-giving within and across generations, identifying the recipients and providers of care;
  • factors which facilitate or constrain employment retention and/or re-entry for older people;
  • factors which facilitate or constrain older people participating in informal caring for family members and friends, volunteering, community/social/cultural/sporting and other recreational participation;
  • the impact of combinations of socio-demographic variables on the construction of either vulnerability and disengagement, or resilience and participation for older people and carers, including: gender, family composition, income level and source of income, age-group, educational achievement, labour force status and employment history, CALD status; health and disability status.

This project identifies the factors facilitating economic and social participation in later life.