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Healthy ageing

People in Australia generally live longer and healthier lives than previous generations. Recent research shows that three out of four people aged 65 years and over consider themselves to have good, very good or excellent health. But the Australian Longitudinal Study of Women’s Health shows that about 87% of people aged 65 and over live with at least one chronic disease.

Healthy ageing is about looking after yourself so you can stay well, maintain your independence and get the most out of life.

There are many ways to age well. It’s important to be active, eat a healthy diet, have regular health checks and stay connected with people in your life. A healthy lifestyle will help you stay physically and mentally well.

Learn more about how to look after your physical health (e.g. bone, bladder, bowel and heart health, diet and exercise) and mental health (e.g. social connections, memory and support).

This section of the website is currently being reviewed. It will be updated in early 2024. Please visit our resources for more information on healthy ageing.

This con­tent has been reviewed by a group of med­ical sub­ject mat­ter experts, in accor­dance with Jean Hailes pol­i­cy.