Queensland Aged Care report investigates solutions
Australia has an ageing population (15% in 2016 were 65 years or older), and by 2055 this proportion will increase to 22.9%. This presents both challenges and opportunities. It increases demand for primary health, aged care services and long-term care, requires a larger and better-trained workforce, and intensifies the need for environments and infrastructure to be age-friendly. It also has implications for the nature and quality of services and will affect economic output and governments’ budgets.
A variety of issues are likely to affect older Australians in the future
- falling rates of home ownership and rising rental prices
- scarcity of community housing and lack of affordable downsizing options
- increasing numbers of older Australians retiring with a mortgage
- housing not suitable for the needs of older people
- inadequate supplies of suitable housing in their current community for older people to downsize.
Late last year, Indigo Gold completed an exciting project for RDA Fitzroy and Central West. Desktop research and interviews was undertaken to investigate solutions to meet the needs and wants of our ageing population in an economically sustainable manner.
Download the full report here.