DID YOU KNOW?
- one in five people in Australia (3,958,300 or 20.0%) had a reported disability.
- over half of the 3.35 million people aged 60 years and over had a reported disability (51%) and 19% had a profound or severe core-activity limitation.
- of all people aged 60 years and over, less than half (41%) reported needing assistance, because of disability or old age to manage health conditions or cope with everyday activities.
- people aged 85 years and over reported a much higher need for assistance than those aged 60-69 years (84% compared with 26%).
- twenty-four per cent of primary carers were aged 65 years and over, compared to 13% of the total population.
For further details, refer to Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia (cat. no. 4430.0) which was released on 15 September 2004.
- disability rate increased with age, reaching 92% for those aged 90 years and over
This page last updated 21 May 2007