The challenge of ageing
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In 1987 our 'aged' population increased by around 55,000, or by 152 per day. The consequence of this is that whereas at the beginning of this century of all the people aged 65 and over one quarter were aged 75 and over; today of all the people 65 and over about one third are aged 75 and over but by the end of this century almost one half will be aged 75 and over. We are not seeing rapid ageing, but a shift in the age structure. The ramifications of this are significant and the challenges quite monumental.
Speech given to the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Trust for Young Australians, Adelaide, 6th June 1988, by Adam Graycar, Commissioner for the Ageing, Adelaide, South Australia. This speech is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/