The NSW population is ageing. Over one million people are aged 65 and over, and more than 1.3 million aged 50 to 64. By 2031, more than one in three people in NSW will be aged 50 or over.
The growing number of older people in NSW offers many benefits. Older people make a significant contribution to our society and to our economy, as volunteers, paid workers, students, family members, carers and consumers. They help to create a more inclusive and broader community.
The needs of an ageing population also create a range of challenges Older people need and want services, support, employment opportunities and accessible communities. More people in our communities are older, and may face isolation, loneliness, a lack of respect and even abuse.