Seniors are the growing voice of Australia: census
THE 2016 Australian census has confirmed what most of us already knew - seniors are the nation's growing voice!
The census was released today with the younger generation again being drowned out by Australia's median age of 38.
That rise has been sparked by the ever-maturing 'Baby Boomer' generation which has overseen a population influx that counts one in six as over the age of 65.
Think that's a thumbs-up for longevity? There are now 84,000 more people aged 85 years and older than there were in 2011!
The results have been identified as the success of modern medicine, improved diet and greater public health system.
The big winners of the improvements have been women: in the age bracket of 65 and older, 54 per cent are women and 46 per cent are men.
In the age bracket of 85 and older, 63 per cent are women and 37 per cent are men.
But don't think for a second you can put your feet up and relax in your twilight years - the census shows grandparents are providing child care for their grandchildren.