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.
See information on:
- healthy eating
- staying active
- preventing falls
For information on:
- managing dementia
- heart failure
- Commonwealth Home Support Program
- Advance Care Planning
- Elder Abuse concerns
- Palliative Care
- My Aged Care
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.
NSW Elder Abuse Helpline
1800 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
If you have further questions you can email:
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.