Seniors provide snapshot
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.