The Lodge nursing home, run by Eldercare, on King William Road, Wayville.
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Australia's population balance into 21st Century

WITH 17% OF ITS POPULATION AGED 65 AND OVER IN 2016, South Australia has particular concerns looming with looking after its senior citizens.

South Australia is already more aged than Australia as a whole and this will continue through to at least 2051. Its over-65s were expected to increase by alost 30% to 274,00 by 2027.

Although South Australia has a high-fertility birth rate, its elderly dependent population is heading to outnumbering children for the first time in the state’s history.

The 75-and-over segment will grow faster than the 65–74 years, due to increased longevity. The 75-plus is by far the heaviest user of health, welfare and specialised housing services.

South Australia received many postwar migrants (from the UK but also southern and eastern Europe) who now makes up a large part proportion of the older population. By 2006, 38% of the South Australian population aged 65+ were born outside Australia.

Older Indigenous South Australians are increasing but slow improvement in health and life expectancy is contributing to a concerning trend of premature ageing..

One in five older people in South Australia lives outside Adelaide, while in Adelaide there are higher proportions of older people in the middle and outer suburbs. Population projections indicate the most rapid growth in the aged population will be in the low-density outer suburbs.

The level of health care varies significantly throughout the state and travelling to medical appointments is difficult for seniors. Transport is identified as a key issue for older people. ageing population in urban planning and development.

The increasing use of information technology within society has implications for older people who are not computer literate, leading to a digital divide.


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