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    Seniors

    Western Australia has an ageing population.  Over one-quarter of a million Western Australians, or 12 per cent of the state’s population, were aged 65 years and over in June 2009. Ageing brings with it greater vulnerability.  Seniors rely on healthcare services more than younger age groups. Seniors are more likely to experience financial hardship as a result of being unable to participate in the workforce.  Cost of living pressures also have a significant impact on seniors.  Older West Australians are disproportionately affected by the increasing cost of living, such as utility costs, housing and so on.  Preventing social isolation, which so often accompanies growing older, should also be a key priority of government. 

    Seniors Publications:

    1. Seniors – 2011-12 Issues Paper Oct 2010
      file (367.79 KB)
    2. State Budget 2008/09 Information Sheet - Care and Support
      file (28.39 KB)
    3. State Budget 2007/08 Information Sheet Aged Care
      file (22.12 KB)
    4. Speech: Seniors & Poverty “For richer, for poorer- Seniors living on the edge,” May 2007
      file (47.17 KB)
    5. Presentation: Seniors & Poverty “For richer, for poorer- Seniors living on the edge,” May 2007
      file (41.63 KB)

    Links:

    Aged & Community Services Western Australia (ACSWA)

    Alzheimer's Australia WA Ltd

    Carers WA (Carers Association of Western Australia)

    Council on the Ageing WA (COTAWA)

    Health Consumers' Council WA (HCC)  

    Men's Advisory Network (MAN)