By William Bourke
Wednesday, 2 March 2011
Ageing Australia: a triumph to be celebrated and embraced
So pervasive is the assertion that we have an ‘ageing crisis’ that it seems to have entered popular belief. Having spent all of human history trying to live longer, we now hear government and big business spreading fear about a wonderful achievement.
But what does population ageing actually mean? And why is the fear mongering invariably by those with a vested interest in population growth?
Demographic ageing occurs when our average age rises with life expectancy. In the lucky country we’ve been ageing for many years. In 1909, when the national old age pension was introduced at 65, average life expectancy was around 55 and our average age under 30. Life expectancy is now over 80 and our average age around 37.
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