Se­niors pro­vide snap­shot

Joondalup Times - - NEWS -

OLDER West Aus­tralians are more likely than their in­ter­state coun­ter­parts to high­light af­ford­abil­ity of ser­vices as a way to make a dif­fer­ence to their per­sonal sit­u­a­tion, a land­mark re­port has found.

The State of the (Older) Na­tion 2018 Re­port, re­leased by the Coun­cil on the Age­ing (COTA) in De­cem­ber, gave a snap­shot of ex­pe­ri­ences and views of Aus­tralians aged over 50.

West Aus­tralians in­ter­viewed also high­lighted the need for ac­ces­si­ble and flat foot­paths and re­mov­ing stamp duty on houses built to univer­sal de­signs as means that could make a dif­fer­ence. They also said equip­ping older peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enc­ing abuse with ways to live with­out abuse and en­sur­ing cri­sis ac­com­mo­da­tion was avail­able for sin­gle older women fac­ing home­less­ness was needed.

Na­tion­ally, the re­port found the ma­jor­ity (84 per cent) of older Aus­tralians sup­ported as­sisted dy­ing leg­is­la­tion.

Most also feel a decade younger than their cur­rent age and nearly half feel less val­ued by so­ci­ety than when they were younger.

COTA Aus­tralia chief Ian Yates said peo­ple over 50 made up about a third of the Aus­tralian pop­u­la­tion.

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