How you can score a century
Free online life checks to target the over-45s
AUSSIES over 45 will be pushed to take a free online life check in a bid to get more people living over the age of 100.
The Federal Government website, launched today, will urge more than 10 million Aussies to fill out a detailed checklist on their health, finances, work and social life.
The test will even help people decide what they want to do as they get older, including working part-time or volunteering. It is expected that by 2050 there will be more than 40,000 Aussies aged over 100.
EVERY Australian over 45 will be asked to take a free online life check in a Federal Government bid to get more people living over the age of 100.
The potentially life-saving website, which will be launched today, will call on over 10 million Aussies to fill out a detailed check list on their health, finances, work and social life. The test will also help people figure out what to do as they get older – including moving to part-time work and volunteering opportunities.
Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt said that the life check would not only help Australians live a longer life, but also give them more choices throughout 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 you friends about, because spending a few minutes taking a life check could make a lifetime of difference.”
People aged over 45 will be asked to jump on the website and fill out the five-minute checklist.
It provides two quizzes for people, one for those aged 45 to 64 years and one for those 65 and older.
The website is aimed at making 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 100 years ago.
Average Australian life expectancy is now 82.5 years and it is expected that by 2050 there will be more than 40,000 Aussies aged over 100.
Mr Wyatt said an important part of the life checks was about ensuring people were - financially ready for their retirement.
“Four in 10 Australians over the age of 55 do not have a financial plan for the next five years, with even fewer people having a plan that extends beyond that,” Mr Wyatt said.
“Options for employment are also included in the checks, whether the focus is to keep earning or to stay involved in the community,’’ he said.