Ageing population brings new challenges

Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that in 1901 just four per cent of the population was over the age of 65.Today, that figure is 14 per cent, and projections show by the year 2100 it will be 25 per cent.The 2011 census shows that this national trend is being played out even more dramatically in the Shoalhaven where we are increasingly top heavy in the older age brackets.And it’s not just due to better health care and increasing longevity. Here, we are gaining even more older residents through sea changers and retirees.Nationally, it’s acknowledged that the ageing population is creating enormous economic challenges, particularly in the light of recent financial turmoil which has decimated many people’s super and retirement funds.It’s also recognised that even for younger people, superannuation is likely to be inadequate to meet their needs when they retire.The South Coast has always been a mecca for retirees, but bad economic times will only increase the attractiveness of our area because it is simply more affordable to live here.The question is, will our services keep up with the demand?Some serious planning needs to take place now to make sure we have facilities in place to care for the elderly.It is to be hoped that these census figures and the challenges they pose might finally make our society realise the value of aged care workers and the job they do.It’s shameful that the people who look after our frail elderly, like the people who look after our children, are among the lowest paid workers.Unfortunately, this says something about the values of the society we live in.Earlier this year at the Shoalhaven Women’s Conference, health services advocate Gail O’Brien made the comment that every politician should be made to walk the corridors of an old people’s home for a day, to gain an appreciation of the work being done by carers.It’s time aged care was promoted to a more important status in our communities, and the very special people who look after our elderly fairly compensated for the work they do.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on 苏州美甲培训学校.