Older people are awesome: aged care says it’s time we get with the program

Release date: 01 Oct 2020

The peak body for non-profit aged care providers Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) says that there has never been a more important time to acknowledge and celebrate the International Day for Older Persons.

“In the midst of the pandemic, it is critical that as a community we come together and acknowledge the contribution and importance of older people. They are the undervalued core of our society and economy,” ACSA CEO Patricia Sparrow said.

“The fact is, older people make an awesome contribution in hundreds of ways that people don’t acknowledge or celebrate enough.

“To be frank - it’s time that the community, government and business get with the program and implement new measures that encourage better engagement with older people.

“Apart from anything else we should be valuing the lived experience of enduring tough periods in our history and lessons in resilience.

“If we start to value older people more, the so-called threat of our ageing population becomes an opportunity.

“Aged care providers understand this better than most and we’re calling on everyone to take responsibility and to make Australia a better place for older people.”


Media contact: Jane Garcia 0455 111 593

As the peak body representing church, charitable and community-based organisations providing accommodation and care services to older people, people with a disability and their carers, ACSA can be contacted for comment on issues affecting the industry.

Areas ACSA may provide media commentary on include:  

  • Aged care reforms
  • Residential aged care
  • Home care
  • Independent and retirement living
  • Housing for older Australians
  • Palliative care
  • The aged care workforce in Australia


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