Prepare to live well to hit 100
SOUTH Australians should be aiming to live beyond 100 years of age, Federal Minister for Senior Australians Ken Wyatt says.
The average life expectancy in Australia is 82.5 years but being prepared to live even longer will be the focus of a new $6.5 million wellbeing program launched today by the Government.
Life Check is a free online test, designed for people aged 45 and over, that will provide recommendations about people’s health, wealth, work and social wellbeing.
Mr Wyatt said Australians were already living 25 years longer than a century ago and owed it to themselves, their families and the nation to live the best they can.
“Life Check aim to provide Australians with a clear picture of how they are currently tracking and how they can prepare for the next stages in their lives,” Mr Wyatt said. “We should be aiming to live well to 100 or more.”
More than 760,000 South Australians are aged over 45 and eligible for the quiz, which will highlight if better health choices are needed to limit the impact of chronic diseases.
After completing the questions, information on areas that may need change, including nutrition, alcohol consumption, physical activity and smoking will be provided.
Mr Wyatt said Life Check would also help South Australians explore their career options as they age, and assesses their financial preparedness for the future.
“Four in 10 Australians over the age of 55 do not have a financial plan for the next five years,” he said. “Even fewer people having a plan that extends beyond that.”
Mr Wyatt said the assessments were private and did not store any personal information.