Last week, the government announced their latest initiative for ageing Australians, Life Checks, in a bid to help Australians connect to resources to live longer, healthier and happier.
The Life Checks site was launched on January 15 by the Federal Government, and provides free advice to ten million Australians aged 45 and over on health, wealth, work and social wellbeing.
The Life Checks site features two unique quizzes for two age groups: 45 to 64 years and 65 years and over. The site is the main feature of the government’s’ $6.5 million Life Checks program, which is part of the More Choices for a Longer Life package.
Each quiz is centred around four concepts:
- maintaining physical and mental health as people age,
- having enough money to enjoy a desired lifestyle,
- having the skills to work as long as needed or wanted,
- staying socially connected to avoid loneliness and isolation.
“This is one of the best New Year’s resolutions you can make in 2019…because spending a few minutes taking a Life Check could make a lifetime of difference,” says Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt.
If you’re aged between 45 and 64…
You might be raising children, working or thinking about retirement. You may also be thinking about your own ageing parents and how you can help them to live longer, feel independent and be safe. Completing a Life Check may help you to map out many aspects of life, such as:
- your perceptions about your own health, wealth and social wellbeing.
- your feelings when it comes to exercise, eating, financial control and priorities, employment prospects, and social life,
- and what types of information and advice might help you to improve your future.
A key question within the Life Checks quiz is about who depends on you. If your parents or other family members depend on you on a weekly or daily basis, there are online platforms like Mable who can help you to connect to support on behalf of your loved ones.
If you’re aged 65 and over…
You might be semi-retired, retired, receiving in-home care and support or adapting your living arrangements to access more care and feel more supported. A Life Check might be a great way for you to:
- learn about which types of exercise would best benefit you,
- connect to government resources about health, care and support, your career and social life,
- feel more knowledgeable about your current state of health.
If your Life Check result refers you to My Aged Care, you should take a look at their site to learn more about what help is available from the government and within your local area. My Aged Care can help you to connect with aged care providers, but it doesn’t typically show all your potential options.
Online platforms like Mable, which can allow you to directly connect with independent support workers living in your local community, is a cost-effective, self-directed option for you to find the right in-home care. Mable is not just a platform to connect with independent support workers – it’s an online community and an easy way for you to increase your community participation, create a support team and increase your independence.
“Just taking the quiz is a positive step, offering encouragement and accessible resources to improve things you may want to change…and help futureproof your life,” says Minister Wyatt.
“[Life Checks] are totally private and no personal information is stored at any time during the Life Checks process”.
Want to take a Life Check? Click here to get started.
Ready to start taking control of your future? With Mable, you can connect, organise and schedule support from independent workers in your local area. Head to Mable to learn more.