By Allan Borowski

Elevated toughness may be a key making a choice on consider the form of Australian society within the twenty first century. It poses a sequence of demanding situations, possibilities and coverage matters for society generally and for presidency specifically. sturdiness and Social swap in Australia covers quite a lot of concerns, together with future health, retirement earning, elderly care, relatives relatives, employment, housing and city making plans.

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In 1984, the sex ratio of those aged 65 and over was 72 males per 100 females. Twenty years later, it had increased to 81 males per 100 females. For the population that is 85 years of age and older, the sex ratio was 47 males for every 100 females or more than twice as many females as males (ABS 2006). This discrepancy between the numbers of males and females at older ages is due to the fact that females typically outlive their male peers. In strict demographic terms, these sex ratios underscore the fact that ageing has been predominantly a female phenomenon and many of the problems associated with old age are disproportionately those of females.

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For instance, those who will soon begin to retire in large numbers will have reached school age during the postwar expansion of education that saw much higher proportions of students proceeding to later high school and tertiary education than was the case with cohorts moving into those ages in the 1920s, the 1930s and the 1940s. Three elements of the changing composition of Australia’s aged population are briefly considered here: the gender mix, ethnic diversity and the spatial/geographic distribution of the aged.

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