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The legal needs of older people  ( 2004 )  Cite this report

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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.

Australian Bureau of Statistics, Disability, Ageing and Carers, Catalogue n.4430, 1999. Available at <http://www.abs.gov.au/Ausstats/abs@.nsf/b06660592430724fca2568b5007b8619/c258c88a7aa5a87eca2568a9001393e8!OpenDocument> (Last accessed 24 September 2003).
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Disability and ageing: Australian population patterns and implications, AIHW cat. no. DIS 19, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Canberra, 2000, p. xviii. Available at <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm?type=list&id=0&criteria=disability+and+ageing&requestTimeout=1000> (Last accessed 18 December 2003).
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Disability and ageing.

87  Australian Bureau of Statistics, Disability, Ageing and Carers, Catalogue n.4430, 1999. Available at <http://www.abs.gov.au/Ausstats/abs@.nsf/b06660592430724fca2568b5007b8619/c258c88a7aa5a87eca2568a9001393e8!OpenDocument> (Last accessed 24 September 2003).
88  Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Disability and ageing: Australian population patterns and implications, AIHW cat. no. DIS 19, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Canberra, 2000, p. xviii. Available at <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm?type=list&id=0&criteria=disability+and+ageing&requestTimeout=1000> (Last accessed 18 December 2003).
89  Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Disability and ageing.


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Ellison, S, Schetzer, L, Mullins, Perry, J & Wong, K 2004, The legal needs of older people in NSW, Law and Justice Foundation of NSW, Sydney