Pre­pare to live well to hit 100

The Advertiser - - NEWS - JADE GAILBERGER

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.

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