A new study by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has shown that Aussies are living longer. The report showed that between 1998 and 2012, male life expectancy increased by four years, from 75.9 to 79.9. Female life expectancy also increased, from 81.5 to 84.3. While this is good news for all, it offers particular importance to parents of disabled children. It means that if they want to live in real estate near Bulimba, they will be able to see their kids live in comfort for more years they can. This is with thanks to a new range of disability housing being planned for Brisbane.
The new housing project is designed to meet the requirements of disabled people who have elderly parents rather than place adult children in a retirement community with Mum and Dad. Disability Services Minister Tracy Davis was all for the project as she stated that "[t]his project will address one of the biggest challenges faced by elderly parents, about what will happen to their children when they can no longer care for them".
CEO of Youngcare, Samantha Kennerley similarly heaped praise on the project as she said "[s]eeing younger people living in aged care is a national tragedy and new age-appropriate units like this development bring us a step closer to ensuring all young people get the opportunity to live young lives".