Queensland seniors rate healthcare, cost-of-living, independence, mobility and staying in their own home as what matters most to people aged 65 and over, a state-wide survey shows.
The state government canvassed the views of older people at Seniors Expos, Seniors Savings Pop-ups and other events across the state, as well as online, to inform the next Seniors Strategy.
Most seniors (81 per cent) said they could get out and about easily using their own vehicle or affordable, user-friendly transport services in their communities.
Nearly three out of four older people (72 per cent) agreed or strongly agreed that the environment in their community included open spaces, shaded areas, walkways and public buildings that were safe and easy to move around in.
Two out of three seniors (67 per cent) felt confident accessing information they needed to stay informed and connected with their community, family and friends.
Older Queenslanders also identified healthcare as the top priority for 71 per cent of respondents.
Other priorities are the cost of living, maintaining independence and mobility and staying in their own home.
Seniors Minister Craig Crawford said the state government was committed to creating an age-friendly Queensland where seniors felt connected and supported.
“Through the Seniors Strategy Survey, it’s been invaluable to hear from older Queenslanders about what’s important to them, and their experiences and aspirations,” he said.
“Their input will help our government develop a plan that meets the needs of older Queenslanders now and into the next decade.
“In 2021, 17 percent of Queenslanders (over 875,600 people) were aged 65 years or older. By 2050, seniors are tipped to make up nearly a quarter of the population (22.1 percent or 1.8 million people).
“Older people have made, and continue to make, huge contributions to Queensland.
“The next Seniors Strategy will embrace the cultural, social and economic benefits of an older population, empowering older people, amplifying their voices and delivering what Queenslanders want as we age.”