The Problem Of Population Ageing Population Essay

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Like all other developed countries, Australia is greying. The proportion of older adults, that is, people aged over 65 as defined by the Australian Government (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2016b), rose from was 8.6 per cent to 15 per cent from 1960 to 2015 (The World Bank, 2016) and is projected to reach 18.7 per cent in 2031 (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2016). Population ageing is even more serious in rural areas (Department of Health and Ageing, 2008). This is evident in Little Whinging, a remote village in Queensland, where around 20 per cent of its population is expected to be over 65 by 2030 and the number may rise to 25 per cent by 2050. With the projected growth in the ageing population resulting increase in demand for healthcare and assisted living programmes, the society needs to address the problem of population ageing as a whole. A decreasing dependency ratio speaks to the importance of sustainability to meet the needs of older adults as 36 per cent of older adults in Australia are living in poverty (OECD, 2015). Little Whinging is calling for recommendations for keeping older adults independent. In this report I make three evidence-based recommendations. These include 1) provide home modifications suitable for older residents through reverse mortgages, 2) build a senior day centre to organise social activities, exercise facilities and other services for older residents, and 3) not to neglect older residents who do not seek help.
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