Growing Older - Don't Just Endure It

Written by Fit4Fifty

According to the Challenge for Change report published erlier this year, if you are 40 or 50, you'll live another 50 or 40 years. So do you wish to Endure It or Enjoy It?

Australia's population will grow and change over the next 40 years. Understanding our population structure is critical to understanding what policy settings will be required.

Australians will live longer and continue to have one of the longest life expectancies in the world. Currently, Australia ranks equal first along with Iceland in terms of male life expectancy.

Australian women have the fifth longest life expectancy after Japan, Spain, France and Italy.

Male life expectancy is projected to increase from 91.5 years today to 95.1 years in 2055, and female life expectancy is projected to increase from 93.6 years to 96.6 in 2055.

The number of Australians aged 65 and over is projected to more than double by 2055 compared with today. In 2055, there are projected to be around 40,000 people aged 100 and over, well over three hundred times the 122 Australian
centenarians in 1975.

Not only will Australians live longer, but improvements in health mean they are more likely to remain active for longer. 'Active ageing' presents great opportunities for older Australians to keep participating in the workforce and community for longer, and to look forward to more active and engaged retirement years. A greater proportion of the population will be aged 65 and over. The number of Australians in this age group is projected to more than double by 2054-55 compared
with today.

Both the number and proportion of Australians aged 85 and over will grow rapidly. In 1974-75, this age group represented less than 1 per cent of the population, or around 80,000 people. In 2054-55, it is projected that 4.9 per cent of the population, or nearly 2 million Australians, will be aged 85 and over. (Source - the Intergenerational Report 2015 )

So what we need to ask ourselves is

'HOW DO I WISH TO GET THROUGH THE NEXT 40 - 50 YEARS? DO I WANT TO ENDURE IT OR ENJOY IT?

With many activities catering for mature adults who have not done certain activities 'ever' or at least for a few years the best time to start is now. Check out the various activities and events listed on this site an simply 'have a go'. Why?

Because - Whatever your age, you are Never 2 Old 2.

 

 

 

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