Promoting healthy ageing
People in the ACT have the highest life expectancy in Australia and will live many of their years in good health.
However, not all Canberrans are as healthy as they could be, with nearly half of all Canberrans living with one or more chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer or mental health conditions.
As people get older they are more likely to develop one or more of these chronic diseases, however this is not inevitable.
Around 38% of the disease burden could be prevented by increasing healthy behaviours such as getting a good amount of physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, having a healthy diet, reducing alcohol consumption and not smoking.
The earlier these lifestyle behaviours are adopted, the less likely it is for a person to develop chronic illness later in life.
Strategies that promote healthy lifestyle behaviours in midlife (45 to 65 years old) have the potential to delay and prevent age-related chronic diseases.
Continuing to promote healthy lifestyles including disease management in older people (generally, over 65 years old) is equally important for keeping us healthier for longer.
What we want to achieve
- To support positive ageing, more adults engaging in healthy and protective lifestyle behaviours related to their physical and mental health.
What is the ACT Government already doing in this area?
Healthier Work program
Mentally Healthier program
PATH through life study
Age-Friendly City Plan
ACT Health Promotion Grants Program
Seniors Grants program
ACT Cancer Screening Services