Welcome to Community Door's information portal about seniors.

There were around 3.3 million older Australians (over 65) in 2012, representing one in every seven people (14 per cent). This proportion has risen from 13.3 per cent in 2009 and 12.6 per cent in 2003. Around half of Australia's older population (1.7 million or 7.5 per cent of Australians) have a disability. 

The Queensland Government has recently released Queensland: an age-friendly community, providing a framework that builds on the existing work and investment of the government.

Older Australians generally want to remain independent and in control of how and where they live; to stay connected and relevant to their families and communities; and be able to exercise some measure of choice over their care. 

Older people make a significant contribution to the economy:

  • They spend $895 million on domestic travel annually.
  • They donate generously to charity. In the 1999-2000 tax year, over 65s accounted for 22 per cent of total donations while earning only 7 per cent of the population’s income.
  • Their unpaid work as carers and volunteers is valued at almost $39 billion per year.

Seniors can also experience specific mental health issues.

In this section you will find current news, resources and other information on topics relating to senior Australians.

An age-friendly community is one in which older people are valued, respected and actively engaged in their community. They can stay in touch with people they care about and find the services and support they need. Age-friendly communities are more liveable for everyone. On 20 April 2016, the...
The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) recently released a new report revealing the interrelated nature of poverty and disadvantage, highlighting key areas in Queensland which need to be addressed with better targeted programs, policies and investment. QCOSS’ Queensland’s wellbeing 2016...
The Dementia-Friendly Home App is now available from Alzheimer's Australia. Using interactive 3D game technology Unreal Engine, the tablet app provides carers with ideas to make their home more accessible for people living with dementia. With 70 per cent of people with dementia living in the...
Falls in older people are a major public health problem, with one in three older people falling each year. Fortunately, many falls are preventable if appropriate preventative actions are taken. FootHold is a foot and ankle exercise program developed by a team of Australian researchers. The...
A new report on older Australian women from Monash University shows half a million older Australian women are living in long-term income poverty, and calls for urgent affordable seniors housing. Losing a job, becoming ill or injured, the breakup of a marriage or death of a spouse – these are among...
The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) and the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) recently held a National Roundtable to discuss a research agenda around ageing and aged care for older culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) Australians, at Parliament House...
Mental Health Resources 4 Carers Mental Health Resources 4 Carers is a website that aims to answer questions and provide coping support for those who are new to the mental health system in Queensland; have had a loved one unexpectedly diagnosed with mental illness or are in doubt in a caring...
COTA (Council on the Ageing) Queensland is the Seniors Peak giving older Queenslanders a voice on issues that affect them. COTA QLD has just launched Radio COTA, a weekly podcast focused on topical and relevant information for older Queenslanders. Radio COTA is hosted by media veteran Andy Neil and...
The Service Providers Accessibility Guide has been designed by Media Access Australia to provide you with a practical, hands-on, step-by-step way to effectively prepare and deliver content and communications to people with disabilities via computing and mobile devices. The original version of this...
Carer helping senior woman
The Queensland Government has announced that thousands of older Queenslanders will continue to enjoy more active and social lives thanks to $18.6 million in funding to prevent isolation and elder abuse. Seniors' Minister Coralee O'Rourke said the funding would be delivered over three years,...

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