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Census results: population aged 85+ has grown 62% in ten years - highlights need for longevity planning

As predicted Australia's population is ageing, and living longer. The new Census results have shown that the population of Australia aged 85 years and over has grown a staggering 62% in a decade. This is compared to a total population growth of 11.84% over the same period.

Those in the age bracket of 85 years and over today make up 1.63% of the population or 322,848 people, up from 262,689 at the 2001 Census, and 199,253 in 1996.

“This ageing population has been predicted by economists and sociologists, and has the potential to seriously impact on Australia’s social security, retirement planning and policy frameworks. While it’s great people are enjoying good health well into their 80s, longevity brings with it new financial considerations in the later stages of retirement” said Louise Biti, Asteron Head of Technical Services.

This group of Australians - coined ‘Generation L’ by Asteron (L for Longevity) - are a growing number of Australians who are fortunate enough to enjoy a long life, but are prone to the consequences of outliving their retirement savings.

In August 2006, Asteron released a longevity income stream specifically developed to meet the income needs of those people.

Called the Asteron Longevity Income Stream (ALIS), the product is the result of intensive research and development by Asteron investigating the needs of a growing number of Australians, dubbed ‘Generation L’.

“The Asteron Longevity Income Stream (ALIS) is specifically designed to complement existing retirement strategies such as allocated pensions. The ALIS is designed to kick in at the time when other retirement strategies are running out - at around age 85 - and pays an income to the client for the remainder of their life - no matter how long they live.

“The latest Census figures only further prove the need for government and industry to consider the financial needs of this growing generation. And it is important for retirees to seriously consider their own longevity and plan for it. Traditional ideas of living until we are 75 fall well short of the mark” said Louise Biti.

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