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released: 22 Nov 2007 author: AIHW media release

Australia's population is ageing and as baby boomers move into old age this trend is set to gather greater momentum over the next three decades. Significant changes will flow to all aspects of social and economic life as both the number and proportion of older people in the community increase. This fourth edition of Older Australians at a glance provides insights into the diversity of the older population of Australia, where they are living, what they are doing, how healthy they are and the services they are using. In 2011 the Department of Health and Ageing asked the AIHW to update tables and figures for three sections of the report: Section 1 - Demographic profile; Section 2 - Social and economic context; and Section 5 – Special population groups. These tables and figures can be found on the additional material tab on this web page. There is no accompanying analysis of the data presented in this material.

ISBN 978 1 74024 732 0; Cat. no. AGE 52; 224pp.; Internet only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material (226KB PDF)
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Foreword
    • Contributors
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations and symbols
    • Overview
  • Sections
    1. Demographic profile (334KB PDF)
      • Age, sex and cultural diversity
      • The changing demographic profile
    2. Social and economic context (518KB PDF)
      • Marital status and living arrangements
      • Housing
      • Transport
      • Workforce participation
      • Retiring from paid work
      • Community and civic participation
      • Providing care
      • Social participation and leisure
      • Use of technology
      • Income, wealth and expenditure
      • Age Pension and superannuation
      • Intergenerational transfers within families
    3. Health and functioning (513KB PDF)
      • Ageing and health risk factors
      • Life expectancy, health status and causes of death
      • Disability
      • Burden of disease
      • Cardiovascular disease
      • Cancer
      • Diabetes mellitus
      • Respiratory disease
      • Mental health
      • Osteoarthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions
      • Dementia
      • Vision problems
      • Oral health
    4. Use of health and aged care services (502KB PDF)
      • The Australian health and welfare systems
      • Care needs and sources of care
      • General practitioner services
      • Use of pharmaceuticals
      • Dental services
      • Hospital use
      • Reasons for admission to hospital
      • Aged care assessment
      • Home and Community Care Program
      • Community Aged Care Packages
      • Extended Aged Care at Home and Extended Aged Care at Home Dementia packages
      • Respite care
      • Residential aged care: resident profiles
      • Residential aged care: patterns of supply and use
    5. Special population groups (385KB PDF)
      • Older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
      • People from non-English-speaking countries
      • Older people in regional and remote communities
      • Older veterans
  • End matter (528KB PDF)
    • Appendix tables
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures

Recommended citation

AIHW 2007. Older Australia at a glance (fourth edition). Cat. no. AGE 52. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 16 August 2017 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442468045>.

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