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Help shape future of health for older people

Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga urges people to have their say on the Health of Older People Strategy, now released for consultation:

“We are living longer than ever, which is a blessing. We can add quality to life through a focus on healthy ageing and empowering people to live well...

"We now have this important opportunity to set a better direction for the health of older people. I envisage older people ageing well, and being healthy, connected, and respected.

“It is important that we are doing the best we can for vulnerable older people, especially those with complex needs and those at the end of their lives. The health system needs to be co-ordinated and responsive to older people’s wishes. They need to feel safe and supported to openly discuss and plan their end of life care."

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Consultation closes 7 September 2016.

Older people in New Zealand

Between 1981 and 2013, the 65-plus population in New Zealand nearly doubled—from around 310,000 to 607,000.

By 2038, people 65-plus will number 1,286,000.

Heart disease, cancers, arthritis and respiratory diseases are the main causes of poor health among older people.

Health strategies for New Zealanders

The NZ Health Strategy (external link)  aims for all New Zealanders live well, stay well and get well. The Health of Older People Strategy follows on from this, and was devoloped through engagement with older people, their families and communities. Professionals across the health and social sectors also worked closely with the Ministry of Health. 

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