Australian seniors are being urged to take a Life Check.
Australian seniors are being urged to take a Life Check. Squaredpixels

Want to live a longer life? Time to take a Life Check!

DO YOU want to live a longer life? Then it's time to take a Life Check.

That's the advice of the Federal Government after it launched the Life Checks website in its ongoing campaign to help Australian live a longer and healthier life.

Minister for Seniors Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt said taking a Life Check "is one of the best New Year's resolutions you can make in 2019".

"Taking a Life Check means having more choices for a longer life," the Minister Wyatt said.

"Average Australian life expectancy is now 82.5 years and it is projected by 2050 there will be more than 40,000 centenarians.

"We're already living 25 years longer than we did a century ago and we owe it to ourselves, our families and the nation to live the best we can."

The minister said the Life Checks website was "designed to help your health, wealth, work and social wellbeing" - including your finances.

"An important aspect of Life checks is assessing people's financial preparedness for the future," he said.

"Four in 10 Australians over the age of 55 do not have a financial plan for the next five years, with even fewer people having a plan that extends beyond that.

"Options for employment are also included, whether the focus is to keep earning or to stay involved in the community.

"With so many types of work available and flexible working arrangements, retirement is no longer the only choice."

The Life Checks website is private, stores no personal information and can prepare you for the next stage of life.

"Just taking the quiz is a positive step, offering encouragement and accessible resources to improve things you may want to change to realise your dreams and help futureproof your life," Minister Wyatt said.

To take a Life Check, visit http://lifechecks.gov.au


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