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ERIC Number: ED199576
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 13
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Older Women and Education.
Wood, Vivian
Elderly women may suffer from economic problems, isolation, loneliness, poor housing, poor health care, and few viable alternatives to institutionalization. Although the total number of aged poor has declined by over 40% in the past 20 years, the number of aged women living alone and poor stayed almost unchanged. The separation and divorce rates among middle-aged women are rising, remarriage rates are declining, and an increasing proportion of women never marry. Upcoming cohorts of aging women will include more unmarried women. Research shows that a woman's low educational achievement is associated with poverty, poor health care, poor physical and mental health, and other negative characteristics. Higher educational attainment and employment have been found to better prepare women in nonmaterial ways for living alone. Although the average educational attainment for women over age 65 is 9.9 years, long-term trends indicate that women are approaching educational parity with men. Two major barriers to continuing education for most women are financial problems and lack of support services. Several proposals to deal with these barriers are being developed, but implementation is slow. The public cost of losing the talents of older women and of allowing them to age into dependency must be demonstrated in order to speed up implementation efforts. (NRB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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