Published Tuesday 15 January 2019
The Australian Government has launched a new website today that is asking Australians to take a free ‘life check’ to assess their health, wealth and happiness as they enter the later stages of their life.
“Life Checks aims to provide Australians with a clear picture of how they are currently tracking and how they can prepare for the next stages in their lives,” said Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt AM, in a statement.
“Taking a Life Check means having more choices for a longer life,” he said.
“Average Australian life expectancy is now 82.5 years and it is projected by 2050 there will be more than 40,000 centenarians.”
The website covers four areas that research has shown are keys to our wellbeing: health, work, finance, and social life.
There are two Life Checks available; one for people aged 45 to 64, and one for those aged 65 and older, with the results and recommendations available via email in an easy-to-read format.
The finance area if the quiz helps people determine how financially prepared they are for the future, while the work area looks at viable options, whether your focus is earning money or staying involved in the community.
The health area focuses on risk factors for preventable disease, with research showing that nearly nine out of 10 people over 65 are living with at least one of eight chronic diseases.
Social and community connections are also essential for healthy ageing, with engagement through some form of work, volunteering or community activities giving people a strong sense of purpose.
“Just taking the quiz is a positive step, offering encouragement and accessible resources to improve things you may want to change to realise your dreams and help futureproof your life,” Minister Wyatt said.
Interested in taking the quiz yourself? Visit the Life Checks website to find out more.