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Free on­line life checks to tar­get the over-45s

The Courier-Mail - - FRONT PAGE - AN­THONY GAL­LOWAY

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.

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