The Dimensions of ageing
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We have greater life expectancy at birth and at all advanced ages, substantial drops in age specific mortality rates at higher ages, high rates of chronicity, a surplus of women at higher age groups, most of whom have no spouse, nearly all older people living in private dwellings, nearly all older people with handicaps living in private dwellings, a nursing home population with a median age approaching 85 and a situation soon in which half of our over 65s will be over 75. When translated into goods and services and social facilities and supports our changing population structure warrants careful policy attention. Elderly people require a wide range of supports, mostly income support, but also health services. Who is going to respond? Who is going to be able to assess the needs and know what services are most appropriate? Who is going to deliver these services? Who is going to pay for them?
Speech given at the Australian Population Association Third National Conference, Adelaide, 4th December, 1986 by Adam Graycar, Commissioner for the Ageing. This speech is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/