Older people and disability
The probability of a person developing a disability increases with age, from 21 per cent for those aged 35–64 years, to 84 per cent for those aged 85 and over.87
As a result of the ageing of the general population, the population with a disability is also ageing, with the proportion of those aged 75 and over with a disability increasing from 66 per cent in 1981, to 73 per cent in 1998.88
Nearly all older people in care accommodation have a disability (97 per cent), and most have a profound core activity restriction (82 per cent).89
Accordingly, support services and program policies in the area of disability are important issues for older people.