Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Older People
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Older People's Health Issues - Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Older People
Almost 25% of Australia's population are born overseas. Close to one million older people aged over 65 years living in Australia were born overseas. This represents almost a third of all the Australians in this age group. These numbers are projected to increase to 1.5 million by 2026. People come from over 200 countries and speak over 200 languages. Religions include Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism. Many of these people were part of the post war immigration from the United Kingdom and Europe and have lived in Australia since the 1950's. These people made an invaluable contribution to the size of Australia's population and post war prosperity. They enriched the nation through their culture and experiences. People born in Italy who live in Australia are the biggest group of older immigrants. Italian is the most common non-English language spoken. They are followed by those born in Greece, Germany, Netherlands, China, Poland, Former Yugoslavia, Croatia, Malta and India. But the makeup of our CALD older population is dynamic. Projections show that the numbers of older people from Vietnam will move from 11th place to 2nd behind Italy by 2026.