Tests of time help us all age
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.”