Where and how do Australia’s older people live?

Social isolation Social security Ageing Population Australia

In 2011, one in seven people in Australia was aged 65 years or over.

This paper looks at a range of characteristics of older people including where they lived and the activities they participated in, including paid and voluntary work, unpaid child care and caring for people because of disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. Over half of those aged 65-69 years engaged in at least one of these activities and 42% of those aged 70–74 years. Older people are a particularly important source of volunteers – almost one quarter of those aged 65–69 years and 70–74 years spent some time doing voluntary work.

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