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Senator the Hon Santo Santoro Minister for Ageing

MEDIA RELEASE

1 October 2006 SS86/06

CELEBRATING OUR SENIORS

Today, 1 October, is National Day for Older Australians, a special day acknowledging the important role that senior Australians play within their communities.

“It’s pleasing to be able to say that in 2006 the overwhelming majority of Australians do not see ageing as a barrier to making a valuable contribution to our society, whether in the workforce, their local neighbourhood or within families,” the Minister for Ageing, Senator Santoro said today.

“The Howard Government believes very strongly in encouraging older people to make an ongoing contribution to our nation, and has implemented policies that support older Australians who decide to remain in the workforce beyond the traditional retirement age. The Government has also provided ongoing support for the community activities of volunteers, many of whom are older people.

“Through strong investment in community aged care over the last decade, the Howard Government has also made it possible for tens of thousands of older Australians to continue living in their own homes as active members of their communities.

“National Day for Older Australians encourages all Australians to celebrate our older people who have inspired them and made a difference to their lives,” he said.

“With the theme ‘Celebrating Seniors’, 1 October also encourages positive attitudes towards older Australians and breaking down any remaining stereotypes that growing old means you are no longer an important part of the community.

“Today I pay tribute to all our older Australians, and thank them for the work they have done and continue to do as nation builders, as community leaders and as mentors to younger generations.”

To coincide with National Day for Older Australians, a calendar has been developed, profiling 12 inspirational Australians and their stories. To receive a copy, contact the aged care information line on 1800 500 853.

Enquiries: enquiries@health.gov.au

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