Old-aged persons

Old-aged persons

With aknowledgements to Doug Jordan

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The Socialist Alliance supports:

A liveable income for all retired people.

Adequate provision for common health issues which are sometimes but not necessarily age related: we call for audiologists, chiropractors and other health professionals as well as alternative health consultations to be fully covered by a free national health scheme. We call for free good quality hearing aids and free prescription glasses for all Victorians.

Community support to allow older people to live in their own homes as long as possible, including aged care support workers and all necessary modifications to the home to be provided free of charge.

Restore full government control of Meals on Wheels. Greatly expand the service to meet increasing need and ensure that the service meets all dietary requirements including allergies, vegetarian/vegan food choices, religious and cultural requirements and personal tastes.

End the nursing home scandals and put all residential units and nursing homes under government ownership and under the control of residents, their families and their supporters. End the policy of private owners profiting from supplying basic needs.

Residential units and nursing homes should be of a high standard with a full range of stimulating activity and support services to maintain good physical and mental health.

A proper system of checking on the standards of homes must be developed.

At present much of the checking is done by volunteers. Nursing home owners who fail to meet high standards should be heavily fined and the homes should be taken over by the government.

Older people should not be forced to sell their family homes to move into supported accommodation. Access to good quality health care should be a basic right for all.

Limit the rent paid by older retired people in private rental accommodation to 20% of their income.

Workers over 50 years of age frequently report feeling discriminated against as job seekers, when applying for promotions or when facing retrenchments.

This discrimination harms the living standards and self-esteem of older workers and often pressures them to spend undue amounts of time, energy and money on maintaining a younger image. Socialists support community education to value the life and work experience and image of older employees.

Many workers are now having children later in life, and some women who return to the workforce after having children are aged in their 50s, have no superannuation and need to update their job skills. We oppose all attitudinal barriers and discriminations aimed at denying people over the age of 50 educational, employment or promotional opportunities.

Introduce fairness and flexibility into the retirement age to stop the coerced or forced retirement of older people who need to work and allow them to continue working either full-time or part-time as they see fit, with a choice of regular or modified duties. Similarly end barriers to workers below the official retirement age leaving the workforce on adequate levels of income support if they develop significant health issues.

The Socialist Alliance supports:

A liveable income for all retired people.

Adequate provision for common health issues which are sometimes but not necessarily age related: we call for audiologists, chiropractors and other health professionals as well as alternative health consultations to be fully covered by a free national health scheme. We call for free good quality hearing aids and free prescription glasses for all Victorians.

Community support to allow older people to live in their own homes as long as possible, including aged care support workers and all necessary modifications to the home to be provided free of charge.

Restore full government control of Meals on Wheels. Greatly expand the service to meet increasing need and ensure that the service meets all dietary requirements including allergies, vegetarian/vegan food choices, religious and cultural requirements and personal tastes.

End the nursing home scandals and put all residential units and nursing homes under government ownership and under the control of residents, their families and their supporters. End the policy of private owners profiting from supplying basic needs.

Residential units and nursing homes should be of a high standard with a full range of stimulating activity and support services to maintain good physical and mental health.

A proper system of checking on the standards of homes must be developed.

At present much of the checking is done by volunteers. Nursing home owners who fail to meet high standards should be heavily fined and the homes should be taken over by the government.

Older people should not be forced to sell their family homes to move into supported accommodation. Access to good quality health care should be a basic right for all.

Limit the rent paid by older retired people in private rental accommodation to 20% of their income.

Workers over 50 years of age frequently report feeling discriminated against as job seekers, when applying for promotions or when facing retrenchments.

This discrimination harms the living standards and self-esteem of older workers and often pressures them to spend undue amounts of time, energy and money on maintaining a younger image. Socialists support community education to value the life and work experience and image of older employees.

Many workers are now having children later in life, and some women who return to the workforce after having children are aged in their 50s, have no superannuation and need to update their job skills. We oppose all attitudinal barriers and discriminations aimed at denying people over the age of 50 educational, employment or promotional opportunities.

Introduce fairness and flexibility into the retirement age to stop the coerced or forced retirement of older people who need to work and allow them to continue working either full-time or part-time as they see fit, with a choice of regular or modified duties. Similarly end barriers to workers below the official retirement age leaving the workforce on adequate levels of income support if they develop significant health issues.

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