LETS GET PHYSICAL: REFORMS GIVE MORE CHOICES FOR LONGER LIVES

LETS GET PHYSICAL: REFORMS GIVE MORE CHOICES FOR LONGER LIVES

Forty five and 65 year olds will have the opportunity to complete special health, finance and career checks and more than $52 million will be invested in seniors sport and re-ablement programs, to help Australians live longer, healthier lives.

Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt AM officially launched the Long Live You campaign today, saying the continuing rollout of the Turnbull Government’s More Choices For A Longer Life Budget package signalled a new era for older Australians.

“Early planning is critical to ageing well,” said Minister Wyatt. “To support this, we are developing interactive online checks for younger people to assess their wellbeing, future employment options and financial security, to plan for a healthy future. The checks will be available later this year.

“Already, thousands of Australians over 45 have logged on to the new longliveyou.gov.au website, popularised through a TV and social media campaign.

“They’ve found advice on their health, positive ageing, financial position, social connections and skills and employment. The campaign videos alone have been watched almost five million times.”

Minister Wyatt said increasing activity was critical to reducing the risk of chronic disease and falls and increasing overall physical and mental health.

“Getting as physical as possible can be crucial to keeping older Australians moving and living independent lives for longer,” said the Minister.

“Local sporting and community organisations will soon receive grants totalling $22.9 million to deliver new programs for people over 65 to undertake more physical activity.

“The Australian Sports Commission is leading this work and applications will open in the coming months.”

Minister Wyatt said up to 100,000 older Australians would also benefit from a $29.2 million trial to revise assessments for entry-level aged care services, to support older Australians to maintain their autonomy.

“Targeted programs will be developed to help people regain their fitness so they can remain living independently at home for as long as possible, which is what the overwhelming majority of Older Australians want,” said Minister Wyatt.

"Early investments in a healthier future will help improve and lengthen lives, while also minimising pressures on the aged care system.”

The Government is investing $6.5 million to develop the 45 and 65 year old online checks system.

To support the expansion of quality aged care services and the More Choices For A Longer Life package, the Turnbull Government boosted aged care funding by $5 billion in the 2018–19 Budget.

The Long Live You videos are available at https://campaigns.health.gov.au/longliveyou/resources

Media contact: Nick Way, Media Adviser 0419 835 449