Active ageing: physical funding for longer lives
SPORT and re-ablement programs are on the radar for people aged 45 and 65 as the Federal Government turns its focus back onto supporting Australians living longer and healthier lives.
Health, finance and career checks and more than $52 million is being invested in the Long Live You campaign which has been launched by Federal Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt.
"Early planning is critical to ageing well," Mr Wyatt said. "To support this, we are developing interactive online checks for younger people to assess their wellbeing, future employment options and financial security, to plan for a healthy future. The checks will be available later this year.
"Already, thousands of Australians over 45 have logged on to the new longliveyou.gov.au website, popularised through a TV and social media campaign.
"They've found advice on their health, positive ageing, financial position, social connections and skills and employment. The campaign videos alone have been watched almost five million times."
Mr Wyatt said increasing activity was critical to reducing the risk of chronic disease and falls, and increasing overall physical and mental health. "Getting as physical as possible can be crucial to keeping older Australians moving and living independent lives for longer," he said.
"Local sporting and community organisations will soon receive grants totalling $22.9 million to deliver new programs for people over 65 to undertake more physical activity.
"The Australian Sports Commission is leading this work and applications will open in the coming months."
Mr Wyatt said up to 100,000 older Australians would also benefit from a $29.2 million trial to revise assessments for entry-level aged care services, to support older Australians to maintain their autonomy.
"Targeted programs will be developed to help people regain their fitness so they can remain living independently at home for as long as possible, which is what the overwhelming majority of Older Australians want," Mr Wyatt said.
"Early investments in a healthier future will help improve and lengthen lives, while also minimising pressures on the aged care system."