The key points raised in the focus groups include:
• Although many made use of their free travel on public transport, the train system was praised, whilst most found fault with the bus services, particularly bus timetables and cross-suburban services.
• The majority agreed that health was more important than wealth, with only a small number suggesting they were equally important. No participants thought wealth was more important.
• Maintaining mental sharpness was a major concern, and Dementia (inc. Alzheimer’s)
• Having human contact, developing healthy relationships, and being part of your own community were seen as vital aspects of life, not just for seniors but for everybody. Loneliness was a major concern for seniors.
• Out of a score of 10, participants rated Premier Colin Barnett 5.2 for performance and 5.0 for likeability. Prime Minister Julia Gillard scored 5.0 for performance and 5.3 for likeability.
• Not having to go to work or care about what other people thought were the greatest things about being a senior. Aches and pains and being “invisible”
• Many thought that life as a senior was busier than they’d expected. Almost all agreed that what we regard as “old age” is getting older, given their busy and active senior lives.
• Remaining active, fit and healthy were their key priorities.
The project was coordinated by Wire Surveys founder Richard Calautti who says: “The aim of the project was to provide Senior citizens with a voice regarding issues of importance to them, as well as asking their opinions on aspects of life, our city and our country.”
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