National Seniors research

4th Seniors Sentiment Index

The Seniors Sentiment Index is a summary measure of how older Australians (5o years and over) view different aspects of their lives.

The Index is calculated based on self-assessments of financial, health and social wellbeing and is complemented with Prospective Indices that consider how these facets are expected to be in five years time.

This report presents findings from the 4th Sentiment Index; it follows from the previous analyses of the Index in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Over 50s: still not confident about their retirement income

A recent survey of approximately 3,000 Australians over the age of 50 conducted by National Seniors Australia asked about their current and expected financial situations, planning behaviours and strategies for managing financial uncertainty in retirement. In the context of the maturation of the superannuation system, older Australians are changing how they think about generating income in retirement. Super is now Australians’ main expected source of income in retirement.

Seniors Sentiment Index

As the number of Australians aged 50 years and above increases, it is becoming more important to understand how these senior Australians view their own lives, as well as life in Australia more generally. 

In partnership with Challenger, National Seniors has developed the Seniors Sentiment Index to assess the wellbeing of senior Australians with respect to their social, financial and health wellbeing now and in the future.

The inaugural Seniors Sentiment Index draws its findings from a survey of around 2,000 people over the age of 50.

Seniors downsizing on their own terms

Seniors downsizing on their own terms: Overcoming planning, legal and policy impediments to the creation of alternative retirement communities

This research considers the reasons older people who may want to downsize do not do so, and considers the accommodation and financial options that may encourage more seniors to consider downsizing.

At its heart, the research makes suggestions as to how existing legal, planning and policy approaches could be recast so as not to discourage seniors who want to downsize from taking this path.

3rd Seniors Sentiment Index

National Seniors Australia, again in partnership with Challenger, is pleased to release the findings from the 3rd Seniors Sentiment Index.

The latest release of the Index allows us to track changes in the wellbeing of Australia’s seniors in the previous 12 months.

Again, near to 2,000 Australians aged 50 years and over were surveyed for the Index, which included over 700 people who participated in the previous year’s survey. 

There were no significant changes in seniors’ financial wellbeing, social wellbeing and health compared to the previous survey.

Informing Productive Ageing in Australia Survey

Nationals Seniors is conducting a survey to better understand the needs and concerns of seniors across a wide range of areas of their lives.

The survey by the Productive Ageing Centre will ask several questions on issues ranging from housing, finances, health and employment.

This is a pilot survey for a project entitled What are the Needs and Concerns of the Over 50s? Informing Productive Ageing in Australia.

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