Health and functioning

As the number of older people in Australia continues to grow, optimising their health and wellbeing is an increasingly important economic and medical challenge. To best respond to the increased demands of this larger aged population, the health system needs to understand the most common health conditions that older Australians might experience.

This section outlines these health conditions, together with information on the overall health status and life expectancy of older Australians, and how these have changed over time.

7 in 10

older Australians considered they had good, very good or excellent health

2 in 10

Australians aged 65 and over experienced disability in the form of a severe or profound core activity limitation

15%

of all deaths of Australians aged 65 and over were caused by coronary heart disease