National Seniors has been running for over 40 years and have a membership of over 200,000 nationally. Described as the voice of older Australians, National Seniors challenge ageism, disadvantage, inequity and social exclusion. In a time of uncertainty, consumers turn to brands they can trust so it is of no surprise they have experienced solid increases in membership over the past few months.
The National Seniors Australia Research team has recently released a new research report titled “Who cares? Seniors do”.
The report comprises of a major investigation into the unpaid care older Australians are providing in the home, including the challenges carers face whilst being poorly supported or recognised for their efforts.
Key findings of the report include:
- Of the 4,139 participants aged 50+ in the survey, 22% were providing care to partners, parents and adult children
- They did this, unpaid, out of love
- An average of 26 hours a week caring and some were full-time, 7-days a week
- Over half of these unpaid carers provided high to medium levels of care
- Most did not have care plans nor had they accessed government support
- They had more health problems than others who were not providing care, and
- More practical, psychological and informational support is needed to maintain this essential workforce.
Support for carers
In support of this research and to recognise the significant contribution that carers makes National Seniors are rewarding carers with a 12 months membership*.
“We’ve found that older carers provide care to loved ones at no expense to the economy, but it’s at the expense of their own health, wellbeing and finances.” Professor John McCallum, National Seniors Australia CEO