If life is in danger
call 000

Older Adults

“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 adults.

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 (midday - midnight AEST) or chat online (7pm - midnight AEST). We are here to listen.

Support services and resources

Your GP

Speak with your regular GP about services that may be beneficial for you.

My Aged Care

My Aged Care is the Australian Government’s starting point to access government-funded aged care services. Find and access the government-funded services you need. Whatever your situation, specific needs, or background, they can help you understand what types of government-funded services are available.

Visit: My Aged Care website
Call: 1800 200 422

The Red Cross

The Red Cross provides social support and aged care services to support older adults. Older adults 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
Call: 1300 885 698

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

1800 Elder Help

If you experience, witness, or suspect elder abuse, call the free and confidential National Elder Abuse phone line for information, support and referrals. The phone number automatically redirects callers seeking information and advice on elder abuse with the phone service in their state or territory. This phone line is not a crisis support service, and operating hours and services vary across states and territories.

Call: 1800 353 374

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.