Today there are 3.7 million Australians over the age of 65, and this number will increase to nearly 6 million by 2030.
The vast majority of our older Australians share the desire to stay in their own home and maintain their health and independence, while retaining their close links with family, friends and the local community.
Given this demographic trend, healthy ‘in-place’ ageing will be the only viable option for most aged as the availability of residential care struggles to keep pace with demand and its cost steadily increases.
The geographical spread (interstate or overseas) of many Australian extended families means it is often very difficult for family members to visit or remain engaged with their ageing parents or grandparents.
This results in a reliance on technology that can be intimidating, making it difficult maintain online contact and exacerbating a sense of loneliness and social isolation.
Australians face a growing risk of chronic disease, such as hypertension and diabetes. The increasing need for health-related information, monitoring and healthcare is a reality, making online access to health monitoring, information and services critical.
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