In July 2017, the Commission released Living Well in Later Life: The Case for Change. Building on the Commission’s work in Living Well in Later Life: A Statement of Principles, this work has highlighted a number of opportunities, which require us to challenges prejudice about older people that are deeply embedded in our systems. We must support people to seek help earlier when they experience distress, which is categorically not an inevitable part of ageing.
The Commission believes people in residential aged care deserve the same opportunities to maintain mental health and wellbeing as the rest of the community, including equal priorities between mental health needs and physical health needs.
The Commission also notes that actions to reduce the number of younger people living in aged care is much needed to support the rights of people and their ability to live a full and meaningful life of their choosing.