Trends, structure and directions for Australia's population
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As we look to the future we will see more older people, and we will see more of our older people living longer. While the advance of science has helped to push back the frontiers of longevity it would be a disaster if our civilization removes much of the will to live that would render the exercise worthwhile. It is a sad commentary on our times that telecommunications have brought the world into our living-rooms but have rendered us blind to the misery next door. This situation must not be allowed to become self-perpetuating. These two points - the will to live and live well, and responsiveness to the needs of those around us, particularly those of older people are the main themes of this paper.
Notes for a speech given at a seminar "Commission for the future : planning for our ageing future", Adelaide, 11th June 1987 by Adam Graycar, Commissioner for the Ageing. Some is hand written. This speech is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/