Call to capitalise on talent and knowledge of elderly

NEWS that more Australians are turning 100 than ever before highlights the need to capitalise on the growing opportunities and talents of older people, National Seniors said.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics recently released data showing the number of centenarians rose by 550 to 4440 over the year ending June 2015.

It was also the fourth year of Baby Boomers reaching 65.

"These are not just numbers of people celebrating 'big' birthdays," National Seniors chief executive Michael O'Neill said.

"This data is a wake-up call to use the wealth of knowledge and experience older people have gained in their lifetimes, instead of shutting the door to them when it comes to their potential to continue to contribute, whether in employment or in other ways," he said.

O'Neill also said the growing numbers of over 65s - which according to the ABS, rose by 3.4 per cent in the year to June 2015 - also presented a huge opportunity for business.

"We need to move from the doom and gloom discussion of an ageing population and celebrate people ageing in a more positive and healthy way and importantly the many opportunities it provides to the whole community."


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