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“Growing older is an unexpected gift. We no longer take our good health for granted. We cherish time, live in the present. We've put down the past - it's too heavy. We enjoy every day with gratitude. Our priorities have changed: where we once stood in the workplace is immaterial; who we love and the wonder of our earth are all that's needed. We understand ourselves and our place in humanity.” Dianne, Grandmother

While getting older brings many changes, both positive and negative, many older Australians find aging comes with its own set of challenges. A changing role in the community, transitioning from work to retirement, a possible decline in health, reduced independence, bereavement and loss, and an increase in social isolation, can have a significant impact on the wellbeing of older people.

Experiences and signs you or someone you care for may need support:

  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Low self-esteem and confidence
  • Irritability or anger
  • Expressing negative thoughts
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Physical symptoms such as an increased heart rate or stomach issues
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Withdrawal from social situations
  • Expressing suicidal ideation
  • Experiencing memory loss, disorientation or agitation

If you, or someone you care for is in need of support, please call Lifeline to speak to a trained Crisis Supporter on 13 11 14 (24 hours / 7 days) or text Lifeline on 0477 13 11 14 (6pm-midnight AEST, 7 nights). We are here to listen.

Support services and resources

Red Cross

The Red Cross provides social support and aged care services to support elderly people. Elderly people can be matched one-on-one with a friend, receive regular caring welfare calls, be driven to appointments, provided with a personal alarm or be delivered a healthy meal. They can also support with access to appropriate housing and care.

Visit: Red Cross - Services for Older People

Dementia Australia

Dementia Australia represents the 459,000 Australians living with dementia and the almost 1.6 million Australians involved in their care. Dementia Australia advocates for the needs of people living with all types of dementia, and for their families and carers, and provide support services, education and information.

Visit: Dementia Australia

NSW - Ageing and Disability Abuse Helpline

(Monday - Friday 9-5pm)

Call: 1800 628 221

VIC - Seniors Rights Victoria

Call: 1300 368 821

ACT - Older Persons Abuse Prevention Referral and Information Line

Call: 02 6205 3535

NT - Elder Abuse Information Line

Call: 08 8995 5090

QLD - Elder Abuse Prevention Unit

Call: 1300 651 192

SA - Aged Rights Advocacy Service

Call: 1800 700 600

TAS - Tasmanian Elder Abuse Helpline

Call: 1800 441 169

Holding on to Hope - Graeme's Story

Retiree Graeme Holdsworth was a hugely successful project manager, responsible for building some of Australia’s most iconic buildings from Melbourne’s Crown to Sydney’s 1 Martin Place.  He was renowned for his building and management skills.

However, towards the end of his career, he realised his behaviours were starting to change.  He yelled at everyone from staff to a client and ended up unemployed and divorced. He then made an attempt on his life.

Today, Graeme speaks of his experience and recovery, he shares the many strategies he has put in place to keep himself connected and hopeful through retirement.