There has been a lot of attention in the media of late regarding the Governments position on increasing the aged pension...or not. Adding to the pressure has been the release of a new OECD report indicating that the poverty rate of the elderly in Australia compared to other OECD countries is quite high.
Quoted from http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,24534646-662,00.html:
Australia has the fourth highest relative income poverty rate for people aged 65 and over in western economies, following a 4.6 per cent increase since the mid-1990s, a new OECD report shows.
For singles aged over 65, the income poverty rate in Australia is 50 per cent - the highest in the Organisation for Economic Development (OECD).
I acknowledge that poverty is relative and that these results are compared to other developed countries, however it saddens me to think that we do not value the senior members of our community.
In some other cultures the elderly are highly revered and respected, they are given a place of honour in families and in the community and they should be in a place of honour in our community as well.
They have contributed lives of hard work, lived through wars and difficult times and they can offer us so much wisdom. We should not take this for granted.