Life for Australians keeps getting longer – and better! In August 2015, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) released a report that reveals that Aussies are not only living longer than ever before, but the quality of their lives is also improving as they get older. Australians are among the longest-living people on Earth, including in the developed countries with the most advanced economies. The AIHW report, which is issued every two years, states that Aussie girls born between 2011 and 2013 are likely to live 84.3 years on average, while boys born in Australia during the 2011-2013 timeframe are likely to live an average of 80.1 years. These are some of the longest life expectancies in the world, but this is not surprising, considering the high levels of wealth, education, access to quality healthcare, and the laidback lifestyle enjoyed by people who live in Australia.
Many people want to live as long as possible, but only if they can enjoy healthy, quality lives. Once again, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has good news for people who live in Australia. Their report says that fewer older people who live in Australia are suffering from disabilities. The AIHW declares that Aussie women who were 65-years-old in 2012 are likely to live another 9.5 years (on average) without disability, while Australian men who were 65-years-old in 2012 can expect to live an average of 8.7 more years without disability. According to the AIHW report, 15% of Australia’s population is currently age 65 or older, but that figure is forecast to rise to 21% of the Aussie population by 2054. Thus, as the large generation that was born during the decade and a half following World War II (i.e., the “baby-boomer generation”) continues to grow older and retire by the millions around the globe, those fortunate enough to live in Australia are expected to live long, healthy and happy lives, according to the AIHW report. Therefore, if you and your family want to have one of the best chances for a long life and a high standard of living, you may want to move to Australia!