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]]> Government urged to take bolder action to tackle growing health inequalities https://dcwritersway.org/government-urged-to-take-bolder-action-to-tackle-growing-health-inequalities/ Sun, 07 Aug 2022 12:17:35 +0000 https://dcwritersway.org/government-urged-to-take-bolder-action-to-tackle-growing-health-inequalities/

As Rishi Sunak plans to charge NHS patients £10 for ‘no-shows’, reports show a growing disparity in access to healthcare and growing health inequality across the UK.

In another policy aimed at courting Tory members, the former chancellor has announced plans fine people for missing appointments with their GP in a bid to ‘crack down on those who abuse the NHS’.

Most patients who miss GP appointments are among the poorest, have complex needs and chaotic lifestyles, and come from minority backgrounds, a exam from the British Journal of General Practice shows.

Sunak’s plans, which would likely have the biggest impact on the poorest and most vulnerable, follow a number of reports that point to rising health inequalities in Britain.

In the last three months of 2021, the UK has seen a 39% increase in the number of patients opting for self-funded treatment, while 6 in 7 patients say they cannot afford private healthcare. Under current conditions, health inequalities in Britain are set to increase significantly.

These were the findings of research conducted by moneytransfers.com, which has collated evidence from recent reports on the reality of UK health outcomes.

Research confirms that the Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the problem, with a huge backlog of cases in the NHS limiting access to healthcare.

Long waiting times push people to pay for treatment

Analysis by the BBC Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN) data released in July found that long NHS waiting times appeared to be pushing people to pay thousands of pounds for private treatment.

According to the analysis, in the last three months of 2021 there were 69,000 self-funded treatments in the UK, a 39% increase on the same period before the pandemic. Last year, the number of people paying for private care exceeded 250,000.

The PHIN figures do not include patients with private health insurance and are instead limited to those who fund treatment themselves. Common operations such as knee and hip replacements can cost up to £15,000, and the BBC has found patients crowdfunding or using loans to pay for private treatment.

BBC analysis follows research conducted by Healthwatchan independent patient watchdog committed to ensuring that NHS leaders and other decision-makers listen to patient feedback and improve standards of care.

Going private is not an option for many

The Healthwatch study involved a public survey of private health care. It found that 22% of respondents had paid for private treatment or were considering doing so. However, for two-thirds of respondents, with the rising cost of living, going private is not an option.

More than 6.6 million people are currently on waiting lists for hospital treatment in England. Ministers warn it could be 2024 before the numbers start to drop.

Healthwatch says more needs to be done to support people while they wait and prioritize those most in need.

Louise Ansari, National Director of Healthwatch, commented on the research findings and the growing health inequalities in the UK.

“We know that some people who would have previously taken an NHS route have already had private treatment during the pandemic, and almost one in seven people on waiting lists say they can afford to go private and consider it. Yet for two-thirds of people, going private is simply not an option, and with the growing cost of living crisis, the gap between these groups will only grow.

“Our evidence also shows that people on the lowest incomes are most likely to wait the longest for NHS treatment and will have a more negative waiting experience. This, in turn, has a more serious impact on their physical health, mental health, and ability to work and care for loved ones.

“Tackling the NHS backlog is a huge challenge, but policymakers must find a way to do so without exacerbating health inequalities, the scale of which has been laid bare by the pandemic,” continued Ansari.

A “two-tier” system

Jonathon Holmes, of the King’s Fund health think tank, called the record number of people on waiting lists “worrying”.

“The risk is that we end up with a two-tier system where some people have to wait too long to get care and others feel they have to go bankrupt to get the care they need,” he said. declared.

Alzheimer’s Research UK is also calling on the government to take bolder action to tackle health inequalities in dementia risk.

Research presented Aug. 2 at the 2022 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) in San Diego links socioeconomic deprivation, including persistent low wages and neighborhood disadvantage, to reduced performance cognitive impairment, accelerate memory decline and increase the risk of dementia.

In response to the research, Dr Susan Mitchell, policy manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:

“Tackling health inequities is a key part of the dementia challenge. These findings add to the growing body of evidence that the environment in which people live and work affects their risk of dementia, which the government plays a key role in helping to shape.

“We urge the government to make dementia prevention a key priority in its aim to improve healthcare across the country, and hope that the upcoming health disparities white paper will lay the groundwork for a fairer and healthier nation.”

Gabrielle Pickard-Whitehead is editor of Left Foot Forward

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10 quotes that perfectly sum up Nacho as a character https://dcwritersway.org/10-quotes-that-perfectly-sum-up-nacho-as-a-character/ Sun, 07 Aug 2022 01:25:00 +0000 https://dcwritersway.org/10-quotes-that-perfectly-sum-up-nacho-as-a-character/

Although it is not established breaking Bad character and favorite like Saul Goodman or Gus Fring, Ignacio “Nacho” Varga has become a fan-favorite character in his own right in You better call Saul. As the popular series draws to a close, fans remember how Nacho won them over, even though he started out as an unknown character among many familiar players.

When first introduced, Nacho seemed like a pretty straightforward man, but he eventually grew into one of the show’s most nuanced and tragic characters, and his best quotes sum up his personality and story throughout the series. .


“Breaking a lawyer for no reason is bad business.”

“Mijo” (Season 1, Episode 2)

Nacho talks Tuco out of killing Jimmy in Better Call Saul

Tuco is an erratic and violent individual who has never listened to anyone but himself in breaking Bad. You better call Saul immediately shows how influential Nacho can be when he helps convince Tuco not to kill Jimmy McGill, even when Tuco has apparently made up his mind about it.

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Nacho’s dialogue not only proves his influence over individuals like Tuco, but also demonstrates that he is pragmatic and is considered trustworthy by the Salamancas. He knows there’s nothing to be gained by killing a lawyer like Jimmy, and even the paranoid Tuco trusts Nacho. When Tuco later goes to jail, other members of the Salamanca family place their trust in Nacho, even when he is secretly working against them.

“For when you realize you’re in the game.”

“Mijo” (Season 1, Episode 2)

Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill Saul Goodman and Michael Mando as Nacho Varga in Better Call Saul

When Nacho comes to see Jimmy after the incident in the desert and asks for information about the couple Jimmy was trying to scam, Jimmy insists he doesn’t want anything to do with it. Nacho leaves Jimmy a card with a phone number, telling him it’s for when he finds out he’s in “the game”.

At this early point in the story, Nacho understands the world of crime and the cartel much better than Jimmy. He is the first person to try to make Jimmy understand that it doesn’t matter what he wants, because once someone is immersed in this world, there is no leaving it. Telling Jimmy that it’s Nacho who’s being honest, but also that he’s trying to use Jimmy for his own gain.

“Doing it for the money, I get it. But this shit is crazy.”

“Nailed” (Season 2, Episode 9)

Nacho enlists Mike's help in killing Tuco in Better Call Saul

When Nacho realizes that Mike is responsible for attacking the Salamancas’ cargo, he cannot understand. Nacho is a pragmatic person ready to do bold things for money or for his own preservation. Mike’s actions were intended to make the Salamancas suffer for threatening him and his family.

As the series progresses, Nacho looks more like Mike and can understand why he did what he did. Nacho sees there is more to life than money and self-preservation as Hector Salamanca and Gus Fring threaten his father’s life and Gus Fring robs Nacho of any chance of survival or freedom.

“It’s him or me.”

“Gloves Off” (season 2, episode 4)

You better call Saul Nacho and Mike to install Tuco

Nacho has a strong sense of self-preservation. One of the clearest moments of this is when Nacho sees Tuco becoming increasingly unstable and dangerous and decides to bring him down, even though Tuco is his boss and supposedly his friend.

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Nacho recognizes that he has no future if he stays by Tuco’s side, so he or Tuco must leave. Mike Ehrmantraut helps Nacho succeed and does so in a smarter way than Nacho intended, but that doesn’t change the self-preservation that guides Nacho’s decision.

“It’s not about what you want. When you’re in, you’re in.”

“The Guy for That” (Season 5, Episode 3)

Nacho tried to tell Jimmy he was in the game years ago. At the time, it just seemed like a statement of fact, something neutral that Nacho had accepted. Now that Jimmy doesn’t want to continue working for Lalo Salamanca, Nacho’s words that he has no choice ring even truer.

Nacho’s lyrics are also more tragic this time around as Nacho tried to do what he wanted, but Gus Fring took all his choice away from him. He and Jimmy are in different circumstances, but Nacho understands what it’s like to be in the game and have all of your personal choices and desires taken away, and he tries to help Jimmy come to terms with an unfortunate but important truth. .

“I want to make my own decisions. Go my own way.”

“Something Unforgivable” (Season 5, Episode 10)

Steven Bauer as Don Eladio and Michael Mando as Nacho in Better Call Saul

When Nacho meets the powerful Don Eladio for the first and only time, the cartel leader asks Nacho what he wants and how he will earn money for the cartel. As a double agent blackmailed into working for Gus Fring, Nacho cannot be honest with Don Eladio, and mostly says the right things that will earn his trust.

However, there is still some truth in what Nacho says, as he says he wants to make his own decisions and do whatever he wants. Nacho has been unable to make his own decisions and do what he wants for a while now. The pragmatic part of him knows he’ll probably never have those freedoms again, but there’s still a part of him that’s hopeful. The sincerity behind those words also helps his lies to Don Eladio be even more convincing.

“I’d rather take a nap.”

“Something Unforgivable” (Season 5, Episode 10)

Michael Mando as Nacho in Better Call Saul

Shortly before opening the doors to the gunmen hired to assassinate Lalo Salamanca, Nacho speaks with Lalo as they sit around a fire gazing at the stars. They talk about the fact that neither of them sleeps much.

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Nacho’s line that he would rather take a nap goes beyond sleep. After all he’s endured at the hands of the Salamanca family and Gus Fring, he’s understandably exhausted. He’s tired of all the manipulation and violence and just wants to rest and live in a world where he’s not constantly fighting to protect his father and himself.

“My dad. I need to know he’ll be safe.”

“Rock and Hard Place” (Season 6, Episode 3)

Before Nacho transforms into Gus Fring, he is adamant that his father will be safe and protected. Even though Nacho knows surrender is a death sentence, he’s willing to sacrifice his own life if it means keeping his father safe.

Everything Nacho did to kill Hector Salamanca and while working for Gus Fring was to protect his father. Nacho’s father doesn’t know the huge sacrifices his son made for him, but Nacho loved and put his father above everything, even his own life.

“I put you in this chair.”

“Rock and Hard Place” (Season 6, Episode 3)

Nacho's Better Call Saul Story Made Him More Salamanca-Like Than He Thought

Before his inevitable death, a captive Nacho drops one of the biggest bombs in You better call Saul. He reveals to Hector Salamanca that it was he who paralyzed him. Nacho replaced the Salamanca elder’s heart medication with sugar pills and the stroke it caused would have killed him if it weren’t for Gus Fring.

Nacho knows he’s about to die, but he doesn’t come out without claiming responsibility for being the one who crippled and nearly killed the mighty Hector Salamanca, proving that his job to hurt and undermine the Salamanca family went right. beyond what happened with Lalo.

“When you sit in your s***** nursing home and suck your jelly night after night for the rest of your life, you think of me, you twisted asshole.”

“Rock and Hard Place” (Season 6, Episode 3)

Better Call Saul Nacho put Hector in a wheelchair

Nacho digs even deeper into the knife, ensuring that Hector will never forget how Nacho irrevocably hurt him and the Salamanca family. Nacho wants Hector to understand the consequences of his many cruel and thoughtless actions.

Hector thought Nacho was nothing but a loyal servant, but Nacho was the one who created the beginning of the end for the Salamanca family, a truth that would haunt Hector for the rest of his life. Michael Mando’s delivery of “you think of me” is particularly powerful and is up there with the most epic lines of them all. breaking Bad and You better call Saul.

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“I can’t take daily shots now” https://dcwritersway.org/i-cant-take-daily-shots-now/ Sat, 06 Aug 2022 18:15:00 +0000 https://dcwritersway.org/i-cant-take-daily-shots-now/

Mandeep Kaur, 30, in a video detailing her abuse. It came out and went viral after his death.


The suicide of an ethnic Indian woman in New York – citing years of abuse by her husband ‘for only giving birth to girls’ – has sparked angry conversation about stigma in the community. “I tolerated it all, hoping he will mend his ways one day,” Mandeep Kaur, 30, says in a video that has gone viral.

“It’s been eight years, I can’t get beaten every day anymore,” the mother of two girls, aged 6 and 4, said repeatedly, crying.

Speaking in Punjabi, she accuses her husband and in-laws of having “forced” her to commit suicide. “Daddy, I’m going to die, please forgive me.”

She died on August 4, her family in Uttar Pradesh told NDTV. Her father, Jaspal Singh, filed an accessory to suicide complaint at the UP police station against the husband, who is in the United States, and her parents, who live in India. “We want our granddaughters to be safe now. They are still with their father,” he added.

The Indian consulate in New York has help promised.

Hailing from different villages of Bijnor, Mandeep Kaur and Ranjodhbeer Singh Sandhu, Mandeep Kaur and Ranjodhbeer Singh Sandhu’s marriage was arranged in 2015. His family said he was already working in the United States as a truck driver, and she l joined three years later. There has been no reaction yet from the husband or his family – some of whom live in India – and no information on any specific legal action against them.

Kaur’s family in Bijnor said they hope the abuse will one day stop. “We intervened once, and even went to the police in New York with a video of him beating her,” the father said. “But she told us to take a step back and reconcile with him. She said she was worried about her daughters’ future.” Now the family has requested government assistance to bring his body back to India.

Several videos of the husband apparently abusing her have gone viral, including one in which the girls are heard shouting, “Dad, na maaro mom naked (Daddy, don’t hit mommy).” In another, recorded in a security camera inside the house, she tries to defend herself – “I refuse to take it anymore” – but he beats her until what she gasps apologies NDTV could not independently verify these videos, some of which were sent to her family.

In the video detailing the abuse, she says her family reacted after he “held me captive in a truck for five days”. “My father filed a complaint against him with the police. But he begged and asked me to save him… and I did.

She also alleges extramarital affairs, saying her family “didn’t say anything…in turn allowing the violence.”

The video was shared on Instagram by The Kaur Movement, an organization that works for victims of sexual and domestic abuse, focusing on the Sikh community. Clips were also shared on Twitter on Facebook by several people, who commented on “the family and social structure”.

The broader questions are among the online and offline angry reactions.

Protesters demanding justice gathered outside his home in Richmond Hill in New York. Punjab activists also went to meet his family in Bijnor.

On Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, people from several countries – Sikh and Punjabi diaspora, in particular – used the hashtag #JusticeForMandeep. Many messages said that the company had let her down. Some people, in turn, have posted videos criticizing those who “make him look bigger than he is”.

Raghav Chadha, a member of Rajya Sabha from Punjab, said in a tweet: “I have asked Minister for time [for] of External Affairs to solicit his timely intervention.”

British NGO Sikh Women’s Aid, which also works against abuse within the Sikh and Punjabi communities, issued a statement expressing its grief: “She describes a life of abuse, belittlement and violence.”

Elon Musk’s claims are factually inaccurate, legally insufficient: Twitter https://dcwritersway.org/elon-musks-claims-are-factually-inaccurate-legally-insufficient-twitter/ Sat, 06 Aug 2022 07:25:00 +0000 https://dcwritersway.org/elon-musks-claims-are-factually-inaccurate-legally-insufficient-twitter/

Twitter filed a detailed response to Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s countersuit against the microblogging platform, saying his claims are “factually inaccurate, legally insufficient and commercially irrelevant.”

According to Musk, he was tricked by Twitter into signing a $44 billion merger deal.

“This story is as implausible and contrary to the facts as it sounds. And it’s just that – a story, dreamed up for the purpose of escaping a merger deal that Musk no longer found appealing once the stock market – and with it, his huge personal wealth – lost value’ ‘, Twitter said in its legal response filed with the Delaware Court of Chancery in the United States.

Musk’s attorneys filed 90 pages of counterclaims in court, and Twitter responded to them paragraph by paragraph.

“Counterclaims are a tale made for litigation that is contradicted by evidence and common sense. Musk invents representations that Twitter has never made and then tries to use, selectively, the extensive confidential data that Twitter provided to him to ward off a violation of these alleged representations,’ the Parag-led company argued. Agrawal.

Yet Musk simultaneously and inconsistently claims that Twitter violated the merger agreement by blocking his requests for information, Twitter said.

Musk, in his countersuit, said his action stemmed from Twitter’s misrepresentations about the state of the business and “key metrics” Twitter uses to gauge the number of users on its platform.

“They contain numerous material misrepresentations or omissions that misrepresent the value of Twitter and caused the Musk parties to agree to acquire the company at an inflated price,” the countersuit said.

In its disclosures, Twitter claims to have nearly 238 million monetizable daily active users (mDAUs) participating in the platform, and tells its investors that this user base metric is an indicator of its ability to generate revenue. revenue and the ‘best way to measure (The success of Twitter’.

When Musk’s legal team began “peeling the onion off fake accounts and spam,” two things became abundantly clear.

“First, Twitter was misrepresenting the number of fake accounts and spam on its platform, as part of its scheme to mislead investors about the company’s prospects by focusing on its alleged hundreds of millions of mDAUs” , reads Musk’s countersuit.

Second, while Twitter has repeatedly touted mDAU as a “key metric” for revenue growth, “mDAU is not as closely tied to revenue as Twitter leads the public to believe.”

Twitter backed up its claim, saying that when Musk offered to buy Twitter, he didn’t ask for — and Twitter didn’t make — any statement about the number of fake or spam accounts.

“The merger agreement contains no reference to fake accounts or spam. Musk also did not ask Twitter for information to verify “the number of fake or spam accounts before entering into the merger agreement,” Twitter said.

Musk also attacked Twitter’s process for estimating the proportion of fake or spam accounts among monetizable daily active users as unreasonable, as Twitter’s quarterly estimates are based on daily samples of 100 mDAU, combined for a sample. total of approximately 9,000 mDAU per quarter.

“But attacking an estimate as unreliable based simply on sample size relative to population size is ‘elementary statistical error,'” Twitter said.



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Twitter reports a new security breach that led to the exposure of 5.4 million accounts https://dcwritersway.org/twitter-reports-a-new-security-breach-that-led-to-the-exposure-of-5-4-million-accounts/ Fri, 05 Aug 2022 20:53:01 +0000 https://dcwritersway.org/twitter-reports-a-new-security-breach-that-led-to-the-exposure-of-5-4-million-accounts/

Twitter was forced to report yet another security flaw in its systems which had allowed users to find out if a phone number or email address was connected to an existing Twitter account – which led to at least one hacker compiling a huge list of information about the Twitter account which then was sold online.

As explained by Twitter:

In January 2022, we received a report through our bug bounty program regarding a vulnerability in Twitter’s systems. Due to the vulnerability, if someone submitted an email address or phone number to Twitter’s systems, Twitter’s systems would tell the individual to which Twitter account the submitted email addresses or phone number were. associates, if any. When we learned of this, we immediately investigated and fixed the issue.

So essentially, by using Twitter’s tools designed to help users find connections that are also active in the app, you could theoretically create a database of Twitter accounts attached to any phone number or address. email that you have located on the web.

It’s not a huge reveal. In 2015, BuzzFeed used a similar flaw in Twitter’s systems to uncover the engraver account of a far-right politician in Australia. But it is the massive use of this process that could pose a problem.

This is exactly what happened:

“In July 2022, we learned from a news article that someone had potentially exploited this and was offering to sell the information they had compiled. After reviewing a sample of data available for sale, we confirmed that a bad actor took advantage of the issue before it was resolved.

Indeed, according to BleepingComputer, it would be a person who used this flaw to build a database of 5.4 million Twitter account profiles “including a verified phone number or email address and retrieved public information, such as number of subscribers, username, login name, location, photo URL of profile and other information”.

The person, says BleepingComputer, was looking to sell the dataset for around $30,000, and several buyers have since acquired the cache.

It’s not a massive violation, because most of it is publicly available information – you’re not getting anything that isn’t freely available through other means on the web. But for users who were looking to separate their Twitter profile from their IRL identity, or those who might tweet about controversial topics, it means people could potentially track down their phone numbers, via this list, and harass them in a while. new way, and more extreme.

In fact, if you follow the breadcrumb trail, you could probably find a person’s address and other information as an extension of that dataset. For example, let’s say Twitter user @JohnDoe77 says something you don’t like – you can look up his username in that database, if you have access to it, and see if he has a number cell phone listed. You can then search for that number online and probably find other contact information etc.

The data itself may not appear to be an extreme breach, it does not reveal confidential information attached to your Twitter account, as such. But this is still potentially problematic. Which is not a good look for Twitter.

This isn’t the first time Twitter has faced a data misuse problem like this, either.

In 2018, the discovery platform a problem linked to one of its support forms, which exposed the country code of people’s phone numbers, whether they had one associated with their Twitter account, as well as whether or not their account had been locked. In 2019, Twitter also ffound that some email addresses and phone numbers that had been provided for account security had also been used for ad targeting, in violation of data usage regulations.

These are all relatively minor flaws, in a dataflow sense. But they don’t paint a good picture of Twitter’s ability to handle this and protect users’ personal information.

Twitter also needs to be very careful right now, given the ongoing legal battle over the Elon Musk takeover case. Currently, Musk and his team are seeking to get out of the deal, on the grounds that Twitter misrepresented his data, constituting a “material adverse effect”, meaning something material changed the original, the agreed terms, to the point that the platform no longer has the value it originally had at the time of the agreement.

Musk’s team is using Twitter’s fake account and spam numbers as key leverage here – but if a data breach like this were large enough, it could also be added to Musk’s legal case, giving him more reason to raise questions about the official representations of Twitter, which can then constitute a negative impact.

It doesn’t look like this breach would reach that level, but it’s another reminder for Twitter to check and recheck its systems to make sure there aren’t any major data breaches or exposure issues that could be used against them – both directly and in a legal sense.

At this time, however, Twitter is working to address the issue, closing the potential exploit and notifying affected account owners directly.

“We are issuing this update because we are unable to confirm all potentially impacted accounts, and are particularly mindful of individuals with pseudonymous accounts who may be targeted by the state or other actors.”

It’s not great, and it could get worse if this dataset falls into the wrong hands.

Essentially, it’s not a major issue right now, but it could be. And in the midst of its biggest legal battle, perhaps ever, Twitter doesn’t need another distraction — other than the direct impacts of the breach on those included on the list.

As rents and mortgage payments rise, is multigenerational living the secret to thriving in these tough economic times? https://dcwritersway.org/as-rents-and-mortgage-payments-rise-is-multigenerational-living-the-secret-to-thriving-in-these-tough-economic-times/ Fri, 05 Aug 2022 19:14:20 +0000 https://dcwritersway.org/as-rents-and-mortgage-payments-rise-is-multigenerational-living-the-secret-to-thriving-in-these-tough-economic-times/

Considering the possibility of taking out a large mortgage to buy a house they could barely afford, Luke Saliba and his wife Claire Gooch decided to try something different.

Instead, the young couple moved in with Claire’s mother, Sylvia, and took out a much smaller mortgage to renovate her home.

“The idea of ​​the disconnected nuclear family in the suburbs [feels] like it’s been forced on us for the last 100 years,” Luke said.

“I feel like we’re challenging this, on this small level, is almost getting back to how things should be.”

Luke says having a European background means there’s “no stigma attached to living with grandparents”.(ABC News: Rhiannon Stevens)

The lifestyle allowed Sylvia to stay in her home which was becoming too expensive for her alone to maintain.

“I can stay in a house that I like, in an area where I’ve made friends – that meant I wouldn’t have any problems,” she said.

Sharing the house has also benefited Luke, Claire and their two young children.

Claire said having a small mortgage of around $350,000 and living in a well-served area meant they were better able to manage their finances as the cost of living rose.

“My daughter needs surgery for her carnations, adenoids and tonsils,” she said.

“If we didn’t live like this, it would be a problem and we would have to make choices between food, rent and the medical care the children need.”

Three generations of women sitting on a sofa read a picture book to the youngest, who has a pacifier in her mouth.
Claire says living with her mother is a great choice, but acknowledges that not everyone has the opportunity to tap into generational wealth in this way.(ABC News: Rhiannon Stevens)

Having another adult at home also meant that she and her husband could turn to her mother for advice.

“My mum is very different from who I am and that’s really good because my kids get things that I couldn’t do with them. [and] I have ideas that I wouldn’t have had.”

The lifestyle worked because they tried to behave like roommates, not mother-daughter, she said.

“It’s a group home where we’re related, and because we have similar backgrounds…we can probably live together a little easier, but living with my daughter isn’t always easy, but it’s okay in both ways, right? said Sylvia.

Luke, who is the grandson of Spanish and Macedonian immigrants, said having a European background meant there was no stigma attached to living with grandparents, and he appreciated the presence of a older generation in the house.

“If one of us is having a bad day, we don’t have to travel to go and touch base and provide that family support. We have it in-house,” he said.

A man, his mother-in-law and her young child sit on the back step of their house in the sunshine.
Sylvia likes to be involved in the daily life of her grandchildren.(ABC News: Rhiannon Stevens)

Growth of multigenerational households

Edgar Liu, a senior fellow at UNSW’s City Futures Research Center, said economic circumstances were often the driving factor for people choosing to live in a multigenerational setting.

Dr Liu, who has studied multi-generational living over several years and defined them as households with more than one generation of adults, said data from the UK and US showed that the economic shock The Global Financial Crisis (GFC) has increased the number of multi-generational households in these countries.

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Edgar Liu says multigenerational households are increasing.(Provided UNSW)

“From the United States, in particular, there is evidence that [showed] a normal growth rate was around 1.5% for this type of household,” he said.

“[That] doubled to around 3% when GFC first appeared, then continued for a few years before dropping back down to the normal rate of 1.5%.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has provided new data to the ABC on households comprising three generations.

It showed a slight increase in three-generation lifestyles in recent years, from 275,000 in 2016 to 335,000 in 2021.

But Dr Liu said the biggest growth in Australia had been in households where two generations of adults lived together.

While finances, especially the cost of care for the young and old, influenced people’s decisions to form multi-generational households, Dr Liu said family connection was the most often cited benefit once that people had lived through such living conditions.

But he said in Australia there was still a stigma attached to this lifestyle.

“The acceptance was very conditional, you had to have a reason for doing it, you can’t just want to do it,” he said.

“[For example] your mother was in a wheelchair so she had to live with you,” was considered an acceptable reason, Dr Liu said, but if someone just liked living with their mother, that would raise questions.

A father, his two children and his parents are seated around a low table playing cards.  There is a plate of snacks on the table.
Cards are one of Irina’s favorite family activities.(ABC News: Rhiannon Stevens )

The solution to isolation

Irina Kawar has always lived surrounded by generations of her family, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Irina believes that a “joint family”, as it is known in India, can solve much of the isolation and loneliness experienced in Australia today.

“It’s a really good solution for people who feel isolated because isolation is just as big an issue in older people as it is in teenagers,” she said.

“It’s a win-win for everyone, single teenagers, single grandparents – together they’re happy.”

For Irina, living with her in-laws, husband and two daughters also makes financial and emotional sense.

A girl husband and wife drink tea at a table.
Irina says living with anyone – child, partner or parent – involves sacrifices, but the benefits outweigh the challenges.(ABC News: Rhiannon Stevens)

She said she never felt lonely or frustrated learning to parent when her children were young because she always had family around to support her.

As migrants to Australia, having grandparents at home also helped her children maintain a connection to Indian culture and language, she said.

“[The grandparents] follow daily religious practices so I don’t have to go the extra mile to incorporate that [the girls’] life, they can grow around these practices as naturally as my husband and I did,” she said.

“If it was just the two of us raising our daughters, we would need to make the conscious effort to speak to them in Hindi but living with grandparents – they just learn Hindi naturally.”

For those who have never tried living beyond the nuclear family unit, Irina understands there might be some apprehension.

But she said sacrifices are made with whoever you live with, be it a partner, child, parents or extended family.

“A small sacrifice is enough, but the benefits are great.”

an elderly woman and her daughter in her 60s sit at an outdoor table with cups of tea.
Nina Xarhakos moved in with her mother Maria and became her primary carer.(ABC News: Rhiannon Stevens)

Take care of Maria

Decades after she last lived with her parents, Nina Xarhakos moved in with her mother Maria in 2020.

At 92, Maria suffers from mobility issues and found herself isolated after the death of her husband and several close friends, as well as the closure of her Greek social club due to COVID-19.

“I worked in the community sector with older Greek-speaking people, [so] I am very aware of the prevalence of depression and anxiety in older people,” Nina said.

She said she respects her mother’s desire to stay home as long as possible.

“It’s satisfying for me to be able to make that kind of contribution to his quality of life and I think it also strengthens our relationship.”