As is the population worldwide, Australia’s population is aging. It is projected by the Bureau of Statistics that by 2064, people 65 years and over will make up 28% of the population. Multiple factors are contributing to this, including ever increasing and improving life expectancy. Australia is lucky to have one of the highest life expectancies in the world which has been found to improve with each year that the statistics are released.
This increase in life expectancy is a positive reflection of the improved health and well-being of the older population, with a growing number of older Australians rating their health as good, very good or excellent. This can be attributed to very low smoking rates, ensuring active lifestyle and being up to date with vaccinations. Resulting from this, in 2015 it was found that 67% of older Australians did not use Aged Care Facilities, preferring to remain in their own home with the support of specialised products and services to enable them to live independently.
From current research, there are a number of health conditions that are most prevalent for older Australians including arthritis, hypertension, hearing loss, diabetes and osteoporosis. At Patient Handling, we offer a range of products that can assist with a number of these conditions to enable independent living and the best quality care.