Health, wealth checked

New web­site quiz for older Aus­tralians

Herald Sun - - NEWS - AN­THONY GAL­LOWAY an­thony.gal­[email protected] @Gal­lo_Ways

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

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