National Seniors research

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.

Mental illness, sprains and strains keep seniors out of work

Mental illness and musculoskeletal injuries such as sprains and strains are the key reasons why older people drop out of the workforce, according to new findings.

The National Seniors Australia report studied 2000 people over 50 to investigate the role of ill health in inhibiting workforce participation.

The report found strong evidence that Australia’s mature age workforce participation rate could be vastly improved if employers offered more flexible work options to help employees stay engaged in the workforce.

Health conditions and employment among senior Australians

What are the enablers and barriers to continued
 engagement in the labour force?

Workforce participation of mature age Australians has been increasing over the past 10 years. Although this trend is encouraging, there still remain a significant proportion of people who are not in paid work because of ill health, injury and disability.

To assess the role of ill health in inhibiting workforce participation, National Seniors Australia undertook a survey of 2,000 Australians aged 50 years and over.

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