Respect in an Ageing Society

Respect in an Ageing Society

Strategic focus: 
Ageing and the Community

Respect in an Ageing Society is a research paper commissioned by Benetas to examine the attitudes of society towards older people and what respect for older Australians means to them, and the wider community.

Research participants included members of generation X and Y, baby boomers, volunteers from residential care facilities, older people in residential care and older people living independently. It is the first study in Australia to investigate respect for older people.

The study raises issues surrounding the vast generational difference of opinion about the value of older people in society. It examines the impact of issues unique to Australia, such as the geographical dispersion of families, as well as the prevalence of ageism.

Respect in an Ageing Society