ERIC Number: ED307513
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
The Quality of Life for Older Women: Older Women Living Alone. A Report by the Chairman of the Select Committee on Aging. House of Representatives, One Hundredth Congress, Second Session (December 1988).
Roybal, Edward R.
This document presents a summary report of the hearing conducted by the Select Committee on Aging of the United States House of Representatives to study the quality of living of older American women who live alone. Section I reviews information collected by the committee, focusing on the unique circumstances and needs of older women. It provides background information on older women and older women living alone and examines income, health, safety, and housing factors which may affect the quality of life for older women. Section II analyzes testimony from the Congressional hearing conducted on September 27, 1988 to study the problems facing older women and to propose changes. It includes a list of witnesses testifying at the hearing and presents witness analyses of issues and policy recommendations in the areas of income, health, and housing. The report concludes that: (1) not enough is known about the biological or social conditions women face as they age; (2) women face greater rates of poverty, more long-term chronic illnesses and disability, and a greater likelihood of living alone, without day-to-day physical, economic, and social support; and (3) both public and private institutions charged with obtaining information about aging and with assuring that older adults live with dignity and independence are failing to fulfill their mission on behalf of older women. The need for aggressive oversight; fair and comprehensive legislation; and innovative, equitable programs is recognized. (NB)
Descriptors: Females, Health, Housing Needs, Income, Independent Living, Older Adults, Place of Residence, Poverty, Quality of Life, Safety
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Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - General
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Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Select Committee on Aging.