Over 20 percent of Australian seniors surveyed rated their quality of life as mediocre or poor.
Over 20 percent of Australian seniors surveyed rated their quality of life as mediocre or poor.

Bleak outlook: 1 in 5 seniors resent quality of life

A NEW report has shed a disturbing light on the golden years of older Australians with one in five rating their quality of life as mediocre or poor.

The State of the (Older) Nation 2018 Report has been described as the 'most comprehensive national study ever undertaken' investigating the views of over-50s in a range of topics such as employment, age discrimination and cost of living.

And while the majority of those surveyed said they felt younger than their current age, over 20 percent had a bleak outlook on their current living situation.

COTA Queensland Chief Executive Mark Tucker-Evans said the report highlighted the issues that keep seniors from feeling like valued members of society.

"Whilst the report shows that a high percentage of people rated their quality of life highly, seven percent rated their lives as mediocre citing health, financial, and negative emotional issues as the top three contributors," Mr Tucker-Evans said.

However, Mr Tucker-Evans pointed to one area as the most significant.

"Longer life provides the opportunity to reconsider not only what older age might be but how our whole lives might unfold," he said.

"Yet the extent of the opportunities that arise from these extra years of life will be very heavily dependent on one key factor: health.

"If people are experiencing these years in good health their ability to do things that matter to them will be little different from that of a younger person.

"If these added years are dominated by decreases in physical or mental capacity the implications for older people and for society are much more negative."

The report's findings have again prompted COTA to call upon all sides of government to commit to a 'comprehensive long-term strategy to address the needs of older people'.