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How one online resource has changed the game for seniors in NSW

Knowing you can access reliable information in one place could be a game-changer for older Australians

<p>Online resources have been collated by the NSW Government to help older Australians find reliable information in one place. [Source: Shutterstock]</p>

Online resources have been collated by the NSW Government to help older Australians find reliable information in one place. [Source: Shutterstock]

Key points

  • The NSW Government is helping Australian seniors find relevant information online and learn more about reducing the cost of living
  • By 2055, estimates suggest that Australians over 65 years will make up to 25 percent of the country’s population
  • Navigating the internet safely is crucial, with the government’s BeConnected initiative helping to teach Australians about what to look out for 

Forgetting to do things occasionally is a normal part of ageing, but it doesn’t come without stress. Missing payments or forgetting to renew licences can create added financial strain. 

For example, driving in South Australia without a valid licence could cost you up to $5,000 dollars in fines or up to a year in prison. When you’re trying to enjoy your later years in life, being penalised for a licence renewal that could’ve easily been managed is something to avoid. 

To help older Australians, the NSW Government has recently created an online collection of various resources commonly used by people over the age of 65. 

Not only does this make it easier for older Australians to ensure they’ve got all their resources in one place, but the information available is provided by reliable and trustworthy sources, giving you peace of mind when trying to find accurate information. 

Over 15 percent of Australians are over the age of 65, but this is estimated to be around 10 percent higher by 2055, highlighting the relevance of making aged care information easy and accessible as Australia’s population ages.

The online resource includes information about driving a car when you’re older than 70 is available, with step-by-step guidance on where to find older driver assessors, understanding about medical assessments for driving and other licence options.

In the current economic climate, finding relevant deals and subsidies can help make your money go further. While many eligible older Australians have a Seniors Card, finding places that accept the concession is now easier, with the search directory available on the Seniors Hub. Search functions are available by suburb, but a version for printing is also available. If you haven’t already, you can apply for a seniors card as a NSW resident.

Additionally, finding local activities and events to suit senior Australians living in NSW can help keep you engaged and connected with your community. While it’s helpful to have access to enjoyable events, thinking about organising your assets is crucial.

On the online hub for seniors, information about how to create a valid will is accessible and will help to ensure that your belongings and assets will go to whom you choose. 

While learning about how to create valid documents and how to get senior discounts all in one online space, getting familiar with technology and online safety is the first step to take. 

For older Australians who struggle with technology, the government created BeConnected, a program to help them become more confident in their abilities when using technology. In addition to countless articles to teach you about technology and cybersafety, there are also interactive courses on this website to help you learn about the features of your own devices. 

If you’re using a laptop or desktop computer, these games from BeConnected are suitable to improve your cognitive skills. Other games are also available on your smartphone or tablet, including WordUp.

 

What are you most looking forward to learning about on this online hub for NSW seniors?

Let the team at Talking Aged Care know on social media. 

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