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December 2020

Research leads to guide to ageing well

Landmark research bringing together the voices of almost 5,000 older people will guide the care, support and services needed for Victorians to age well.

Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan launched the Ageing Well in a Changing World report, which identifies what seniors in regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne say they need to thrive in their later years.

The ground-breaking research, one of the largest of its type undertaken in Australia, was led by the Commissioner for Senior Victorians Gerard Mansour.

The Ageing Well report found that while 70 per cent of participants experienced some level of satisfaction with their quality of life as they aged, the study identified eight attributes to ageing well.

These include respect, financial and personal security, health autonomy, mobility, purpose and connection to family, friends and society.

To respond to the findings, a Senior Victorians Advisory Group is being established with representatives from the sector and peak body.

Importantly, older Victorians are in the group to be chaired by Mr Mansour.

The group will guide future Government support and investments for senior Victorians as the state emerges from the coronavirus pandemic.

To support older Victorians throughout this year in line with public health advice, the Government invested nearly $10 million for new initiatives to reduce social isolation, including the reimagined Senior Festival, proactive wellbeing checks and connections to local community supports, as well as dedicated services for those not online.

‘I thank every older Victorian who contributed to this vital research and acknowledge the valuable insights they have provided,’ Mr Donnellan said.

‘By setting up the advisory group, we’re ensuring that the views of older Victorians are considered in everything we do – as we continue to create inclusive and supportive communities.’

‘I am pleased to see the government has taken the first step and look forward to working together towards a more inclusive Victoria,’ Mr Mansour said.

•      The Ageing Well report is available online at: https://www.seniorsonline.vic.gov.au/services-information/commissioner-for-senior-victorians/ageing-well.