This paper examines the consequences of living alone, particularly its impact on a person’s social connection, health and subjective wellbeing. It finds that while living alone has some effect on these factors, the effects are limited and cannot necessarily be attributed to living alone.
The proportion of people living alone has increased in recent years due to population aging, decreasing marriage rates and lowering fertility. Living alone is positively associated with common mental disorders, regardless of age and sex, according to this study.
This paper sheds further light on living alone by investigating the nature of living alone and what it means to the individuals involved. Summary In an earlier Australian Family Trends facts sheet (No. 6; de Vaus & Qu, 2015) we described those who live alone...
There is an emerging crisis within housing for older persons, a crisis which will primarily affect older renters but would also include some owner-occupiers with very low valued houses. Sean McNelis looks at the role of independent living units in the future of aged housing.