Have your say on new seniors strategy

QLD seniors strategy survey launched

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The Queensland government is calling upon its people to share what they really want from old age.

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Health, staying in their own home and managing cost-of-living are the top priorities for the almost 900,000 seniors in Queensland, according to a state-wide survey.

Older Queenslanders are "tech-savvy", value relationships in person and online and are the backbone of the state's volunteers, findings show.

Seniors Minister Craig Crawford MP launched an online seniors survey to help develop a new senior's strategy for Queensland.

"How we age is changing across Queensland,'' Mr Crawford said. "People are living longer, are healthier and more active than ever."

The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates that by 2050, more than one in five Queenslanders will be 65 years or older. That's nearly a quarter of the population (22.1 per cent) or 1.8 million people.

"We know cost-of-living, and stretching out the savings and pension to last, is a big one for older Queenslanders,'' Mr Crawford said.

"Seniors can save thousands of dollars a year and ease cost-of-living pressures if they access the concessions and rebates on offer by the government. That includes electricity, utility bills, rates and health-related concessions.

"We want seniors to get their discounts, not everything comes automatically with age, they have to register and apply for them."

He said the online survey announced today would give a greater voice to older people and allow them to share more about what's important to them as they age.

"Older people are important to Queensland's future and who better to inform us about their experiences and aspirations than seniors themselves," Mr Crawford said.

"We want to hear from older Queenslanders, listen to their needs, heed their wisdom and experience, and hear their practical ideas, no matter where they live.

"It's about continuing to build an inclusive state where Queensland seniors are valued, respected and actively engaged in their communities."

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