Life checks aim­ing to help Aussies live longer

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

EV­ERY Aus­tralian aged 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 life­sav­ing web­site, which will be launched to­day, will call on over 10 mil­lion Aussies to fill out a de­tailed check­list on their health, fi­nances, work and so­cial life.

The test will also help Aus­tralians fig­ure out what to do as they get older, in­clud­ing mov­ing to part-time work and vol­un­teer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Aged Care Min­is­ter Ken Wy­att said the life check would not only help Aussies live a longer life, but 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 your friends about, be­cause spend­ing a few min- utes tak­ing a life check could make a life­time of dif­fer­ence.”

There are cur­rently 2.5 mil­lion Vic­to­ri­ans aged over 45 who will be asked to jump on the web­site and fill out the fiveminute check­list.

It pro­vides two quizzes for peo­ple: one for those aged 45 to 64 years, and one for those 65 and older.

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