The legal needs of older people ( 2004 ) Cite this report
This report considers the particular legal needs of older people in NSW and the barriers they face in accessing services that can help them resolve their legal issues.
The 2001 Census conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) found that there were 828,475 people aged 65 and over in NSW, comprising 13 per cent of the population. Women were a majority of the older group overall (56 per cent) and a high proportion of those aged 85 and over (69 per cent).1 Consideration of the services required to address the needs of older people is becoming more important with population trends indicating steady increases in the population aged 65 and over. It is projected that people over the age of 65 will comprise 17 per cent of the population in NSW by 2016.2 There are two main reasons for this increase: