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.

If you were born before 1952, you join the estimated 3.6 million Australians (19 per cent of the adult population) who are aged 65 and over. Given that this older group’s exposure to the internet began only in middle age, how engaged with the digital world are they today? The Australian...
The University of Southhampton is running a free online course around digital inclusion, titled Digital Accessibility: Enabling Participation in the Information Society . The course runs for five weeks, commencing on 17 October 2016. This course will help you to understand how those with sensory,...
Alzheimer's Australia Victoria has launched a new virtual reality smartphone app that will enable family carers and the wider community to see the world through the eyes of a person living with dementia. The Educational Dementia Immersive Experience (EDIE, pronounced Eddie) app, launched Thursday...
The right to work is a fundamental human right, but one that far too many older people and people with disability in Australia do not enjoy. The Inquiry is grounded in the voices of individuals affected by discrimination, the experiences and perspectives of employers of all sizes and across all...
The Australian Digital Inclusion Index , powered by Roy Morgan Research, measures the extent of digital inclusion in Australia. The first report was released on Wednesday 24 August 2016. Access and affordability can present barriers to digital inclusion, however an individual’s digital engagement...
agedcare101 is a new website covering everything you need to know about aged care. It is comprehensive, intuitive, reliable and free. You are almost certainly facing some new and challenging decisions, either about your own life or someone close to you. This is where agedcare101 comes in...
Queensland couples who rely on the age pension and rent in the private market are at the greatest risk of living in poverty compared to other seniors, according to the Queensland Council of Social Service's (QCOSS) latest Cost of Living Report . QCOSS’ fourth Cost of Living Report – Special Edition...
Seniors week 2016 starts tomorrow on 13 August, and runs until 21 August. There are many events being held across Queensland, so visit the COTA website to find an event near you. COTA is also running a " face of ageing " campaign, and encourages you to take an elfie (elder selfie) and upload it to...
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The Honourable Coralee O'Rourke MP, Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland has launched the Queensland: an age-friendly community - Action Plan . The Action Plan provides a clear way forward to direct the implementation and...
Today, June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Elder abuse is a global human right issue that is continuing to grow. Elder abuse knows no boundaries. In this week's episode of Radio COTA , Andy Neil is joined by Mark Phillips, Principal Investigations Officer at the Office of the Public...

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