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Social Support Programs for Seniors in Western Australia

Ageing International

Author: Nicholls, R.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1996


In response to the growing senior (ages 60+) population of Western Australia, the roles of the state & commonwealth governments in implementing social support programs that challenge ageism & promote independence, security, dignity, & activity for seniors are discussed. A profile of typical Western Australian seniors is presented, & contributions of seniors & challenges to stereotypes are explored. After a description of the commonwealth government's responsibilities to seniors - the Age Pension & Community Care Program - the efforts of the state government are examined, focusing on the Office of Seniors Interests, the National Seniors Assoc, Over Fifties Focus, & the Council on the Ageing. It is argued that, by encouraging senior independence & developing more positive attitudes toward seniors, they can live more active, fulfilling lives & continue to contribute to the community.

Further Details

Full Title: Ageing International
Pages: 33-51
Volume: 23
Issue: 1
Accession Number: 23.5.03
Keywords: Western Australia, older, security
Reads: 193