Health, wealth checked
New website quiz for older Australians
EVERY Australian aged over 45 will be asked to take a free online life check as the federal government aims to get more people living beyond 100.
The website, to be launched today, will call on over 10 million people to fill out a detailed checklist on their health, finances, work and social life.
The test will also help Australians figure out what to do as they get older, such as moving to part-time work and volunteering.
Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt said the life check would not only help people live longer but give them more choices in their later years.
“Life Checks have been carefully designed to help your health, wealth, work, and social wellbeing,” Mr Wyatt said.
“This is one of the best new year’s resolutions you can make in 2019, and it’s something to tell your friends about, because spending a few minutes taking a Life Check could make a lifetime of difference.”
Currently, 2.5 million Victorians are aged over 45. They will be asked to visit the website and fill out the checklist, over about five minutes.
It offers two quizzes: one for those aged 45 to 64, and one for those 65 and older. The intent is to make people aware of how they are tracking in planning for a healthy and secure future.
On average, Australians are living 25 years longer than we did a century ago. The average life expectancy is now 82.5 years, and it is expected that by 2050, Australia will have more than 40,000 centenarians.
Mr Wyatt said an important aspect of the life check was to help ensure people were financially ready for retirement.
“Four in 10 Australians over the age of 55 do not have a financial plan for the next five years, and even fewer people have a plan that extends beyond that,” Mr Wyatt said.
“Options for employment are also included (in the check quiz) — whether the focus is to keep earning, or to stay involved in the community. With so many types of work available and flexible working arrangements, retirement is no longer the only choice.”
Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt