Older Australians & Aged Care


South Western Sydney covers Bankstown, Liverpool, Fairfield, Campbelltown, Liverpool, Camden, Wollondilly, and the Southern Highlands. It is expected the largest population growth in this area will be in the 70-84 year old bracket, making their health needs a priority. 

Older Australians (65 years and over) are likely to experience more sickness and use more medications.

Unhealthy eating and too much sitting can also make you sick, weak and unable to do the tasks that you need to do every day. The key to healthy ageing is to talk to your GP (doctor) regularly, eat healthy foods and keep active.   

 

Health Ageing
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See information on:

  • healthy eating
  • staying active
  • preventing falls
  • immunisation

Click here to find out more about healthy ageing.

 

Ageing and Medical Conditions
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For information on:

  • managing dementia
  • incontinence
  • heart failure
  • stroke
  • depression​
  • anxiety​

Click here to find out more about managing medical conditions as you get older.


 

Further information

Commonwealth Home Support Program
Get information about services and support for older people, their families and their carers.

Contact My Aged Care
phone PHN blue icon1800 200 422
Or go to myagedcare.gov.au

 

Elder Abuse concerns
No older person should be subject to any form of abuse. For information or to report concerns about abuse, neglect or exploitation of older people and adults with disability living in their home and community, you can contact NSW Ageing & Disability Commission.

Contact
NSW Elder Abuse Helpline
phone PHN blue icon1800 628 221

If you have concerns about Elder Abuse, you can find additional information at My Aged Care.


Advance Care Planning
Advanced care planning is something you should consider as you get older. Tell others what you want to happen if you become too sick or unable to speak up for yourself.

Advance care planning helps you think about your future medical treatment and healthcare needs. By creating a plan in advance, your family, friends, carers and doctors can understand how you would like to be cared for both now and in the future. This is important whether you are receiving aged care services or not.

My Wishes is about making a plan with your GP (doctor) in advance. This means your loved ones don’t have to guess your wishes for your medical care.

Find out more
Find out about making a plan (inofmation available in English and other languages)
Go to mywishes.org.au

Contact
If you have further questions you can email:
Email icon phn blue sherlin.shankar@health.nsw.gov.au

 

Palliative Care
Palliative care helps to improve a person’s quality of life when facing a life-threatening illness. The person is given medical treatment as well as care for relief of pain and other distressing symptoms. The aim is not to speed up or to delay death but respect the dying person’s life and accept that dying is a normal part of life. Support is also given to keep the person as active as they can and to help the family cope through the process.

Find out more 
Go to Palliative Care information or Palliative Care NSW for more information and fact sheets.

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