An estimated 174,999 adults aged 65 years and over resided in the region in 2014. This number is predicted to increase to 324,373 by 2031; the proportion of older adults in the region will also rise over this time to 14.0 per cent.
Approximately half this growth will occur in Hume, Melton and Wyndham, with Brimbank and Melbourne also expected to experience high growth.
Wyndham and Melton LGAs are forecast to have the fastest growth of all municipalities, with their older adult populations forecast to grow by 152-154 per cent to 2031, an annual growth rate of 6.4 per cent.
Supporting older adults
NWMPHN supports older adults by:
- Coordinating care for older adults, particularly those with multimorbidity
- Ensuring that residential aged care facilities are sufficiently equipped to provide and/or facilitate access to high-quality primary care services coordinating end of life care.
Advance care planning
‘Advance care planning is a series of steps you can take to help you plan for your future health care’ (Advance Care Planning Australia).
Advance care planning is a process of planning for a time when you cannot make or communicate your decisions.
The process includes talking with people close to you about what your future health care wishes are. It can also include writing down your wishes and/or appointing a substitute decision maker. A substitute decision maker is someone who can let others know what your wishes are if you are unable to communicate them yourself.
Importantly, advance care planning is not just for people who know they are nearing the end of their life. It is something we can all do now to plan for the future.
Advance care planning can be implemented using the following three-step (A-C-P) approach:
You can appoint someone you trust to make decisions for you when you are unable to do so. This person may or may not be a family member.
2. Chat and communicate
Talk to your family, friends and doctors about your values, beliefs and health-care preferences. Tell them about what is important to you. Also, talk to your doctors or other health professionals to find out more about what might be ahead.
3. Put it on paper
If there is something you feel strongly about, you can write it down in a written plan or directive, or in a letter describing your healthcare preferences. Make sure that you share this with those who may be involved in making decisions about your care in the future.