Tests of time help us all age

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News - ROSE BREN­NAN

AUS­TRALIANS are be­ing en­cour­aged to check their health and fi­nan­cial se­cu­rity in a quick on­line test funded by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, to help us main­tain our qual­ity of life as we get older.

The $6.5 mil­lion Life Check ser­vice in­cludes two tests — one for over 45s and an­other for peo­ple aged over 65. The on­line tests — to be launched to­day — cover health, fu­ture em­ploy­ment op­tions, so­cial con­nec­tions and fi­nances in a bid to help older Aus­tralians have a “se­cure fu­ture”.

The quizzes in­cludes ques­tions about whether peo­ple feel ex­hausted, stressed or a “bit down” as well as how much al­co­hol they drink and how much dairy they con­sume. There are more than 10 mil­lion Aussies aged 45 and over.

Min­is­ter for Se­nior Aus­tralians and Aged Care Ken Wy­att said the tests will en­cour­age peo­ple to take “pos­i­tive steps” to­wards bet­ter health and fi­nan­cial se­cu­rity.

“We should be aim­ing to live well to 100 or more,” Mr Wy­att said. “We’re al­ready liv­ing 25 years longer than we did a cen­tury ago and we owe it to our­selves, our fam­i­lies and the na­tion to live the best we can.”

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