Index of Wellbeing for Older Australians

10 February 2016

The Index of Wellbeing for Older Australians is an Australia-wide study – the first of its kind – into the wellbeing of older people. It maps how older Australians are faring nationally across five areas, including, health, resources, participation and wealth.

The index is a tool for governments, planners and services for monitoring the wellbeing of older people within local areas and for comparing the effectiveness of policies and programs across different areas. It identifies the areas where older people with the lowest level of wellbeing live, and the factors that contribute most to their low wellbeing.

The study produced online maps that show the geographic patterns of wellbeing in each state and territory and capital cities, and adds further weight to international evidence that there is a wellbeing divide emerging among older Australians.

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[Source: The Benevolent Society]