This report identifies the characteristics of older Victorians most likely to use digital technologies compared to those at risk of being socially excluded as a result of not having access.
Australia has an ageing population due to declining fertility rates and increasing life expectancy. Older people (defined in these highlights as those aged 65 years and older) account for 13 per cent of the population and this is expected to increase to 20 per cent in 2050.
The majority (94 per cent) of older people in Australia live in private homes or self-care accommodation. One quarter of people aged 65 years and older live alone, increasing to just over half of those who are aged over 85.
While old age is often associated with ill-health, older people are generally in better health than ever before, motivated to participate in and contribute to society. They also want to live independently at home for as long as possible.
This analysis looked at responses from 8,185 people aged 65 and above, taken from the VicHealth Indicators Survey of 25,000 Victorians conducted in 2012. The association between internet access, social networking and other health factors measured in the VicHealth Indicators Survey was also investigated. This research identifies the characteristics of older Victorians most likely to use digital technologies compared to those at risk of being socially excluded as a result of not having access.