Australia’s fastest growing seniors age group are people in their 90s

Did you know that people born in the 1920s and aged in their 90s today have become the fastest growing group of older Australians. 

04 Sep 2019

These people, known as ‘nonagenarians’, have grown by 67% in the past decade as a result of better health care and better survival, according to a recent article on the growth in this age group.

Surprisingly, male nonagenarians are increasing much faster than the number of women (a rate of 99% compared to 55% in the past decade) which means there are more intact older married couples and also more men living alone at home or residential care.

So, what does this mean?

With so many men and women living to their 90s, and more projected into the future, health and social policy need to evolve with their changing needs.

As communicated as part of ACSA’s Advocacy Strategy this means more sustainable aged care services and a nation that has fully prepared for ageing, including suitable funding for home care, residential care and retirement living.

As Australians of all cultural and ethnic backgrounds age into their 90s it’s paramount that policy and society adapt to suit these changing needs – more affordable housing, age-friendly built environments, digital literacy and so forth.

Health care and provider services will also become more complex and as Pat Sparrow, ACSA CEO, said recently in an interview with HelloCare, “there is a ‘mismatch’ between what people in the community expect from aged care services and what the sector is actually funded to deliver.”

Ms Sparrow highlighted to HelloCare that over the last decade, there’s been a significant increase in the proportion of people coming into aged care with high-level, complex health needs. View HelloCare article here.

If you would like to know more about what ACSA is doing to ensure that aged care sector is sustainable and suitably funded please contact for a copy of ACSA's Advocacy Strategy (please note this is only available to ACSA members).