Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Positive ageing needs local support

21 January 2004
Media Statement

Positive ageing needs local support


Senior Citizens Minister Ruth Dyson today called on all local authorities to follow the example of New Plymouth, South Taranaki and Taupo District Councils and Christchurch City Council and sign up to the New Zealand Positive Ageing Strategy.

Releasing the strategy’s 2003/2004 annual report and 2004/05 action plan, Ruth Dyson said local body issues such as housing, transport and access to services have a huge impact on the ability of older people to participate in society.

“I want to congratulate the New Plymouth, South Taranaki and Taupo District Councils who have formally endorsed the strategy’s goals by developing positive ageing plans for their communities. I am also delighted to see that Christchurch City Council is included in the 2004/2005 national action plan for the first time.

“I hope that over the coming year, other local councils will work in partnership with the Office for Senior Citizens and older people in their communities to promote positive ageing and make New Zealand a better place for everyone.”

Ruth Dyson said government agencies were making good progress in implementing the 10 goals of the positive ageing strategy, with 152 actions completed in 2003/2004 and a similar number identified for the following year.

Highlights for 2003/2004 included:
 legislation to progressively remove asset testing for older people in residential care;
 legislation to improve protection for people buying into and living in retirement villages, including a Residents’ Code of Rights and Industry Code of Practice;
 development of guidelines for multi-disciplinary, comprehensive, integrated assessment processes for older people and their carers;
 research funding of $4m over five years to Waikato University and the Family Centre Social Policy Research Unit to study well-being and ageing.

Copies of the New Zealand Positive Ageing Annual Report, 1 July 2003 to 30 June 2004, and New Zealand Positive Ageing Action Plan, 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005 are available from the Office for Senior Citizens, PO Box 12 136, Bowen St, Wellington. Phone (04) 916 3758. Fax (04) 916 3778. Or on the website: www.osc.govt.nz

Contact details for local councils that have signed up to the New Zealand Positive Ageing Strategy are attached.

Key achievements in central, regional and local government to improve opportunities for older people in 2003/2004 included:


Positive Ageing Goal Achievements in 2003/2004
1. Secure and adequate income for older people  Ministry of Social Development - legislation to progressively remove asset testing from residential care introduced to Parliament.
 Retirement Commission - launched a 60 plus section of the ‘Sorted’ website to provide information to older people on how to manage their assets over the course of their retirement.
 Work and Income regions, Ministry of Social Development - community information services on entitlements provided to older people.

2. Equitable, timely, affordable and accessible health services for older people  Accident Compensation Corporation - 41 Tai Chi programmes developed in 15 areas nationwide.
 Ministry of Health - guidelines for multidisciplinary, comprehensive and integrated assessment processes for older people and their carers developed and released publicly October 2003.
 Ministry of Health - ‘Life after Stroke’ Guidelines published and available on the Stroke Foundation website.
 Ministry of Health - development of the Residential Care Dementia Standard commenced.
 New Zealand Artificial Limb Board - Best Practice Guidelines Physiotherapy implemented for hospital management of amputees in Christchurch.


3. Affordable and appropriate housing options for older people  Housing New Zealand Corporation – funding provided from the Housing Innovation Fund to three community groups specifically for new housing for older people. The funding will provide a total of 20 units for older people.
 Housing New Zealand Corporation - 131 former Auckland City Council pensioner units were reconfigured, modernised or redeveloped for older tenants.
 New Plymouth District Council and Accident Compensation Corporation - audit report completed on falls hazard in older people’s housing November 2003.
 Office for Senior Citizens, Ministry of Social Development - Retirement Villages Act 2003 passed into legislation on 30 October 2003.

4. Affordable and accessible transport options for older people


 Land Transport Safety Authority - New Zealand Driver Licensing’s driver testing officers and agent managers attended a training course which focused on the needs of older drivers.
 New Zealand Institute for Research on Ageing (NZiRA) - completed the Coping without a Car report on how older people cope without access to private transport.
 Transfund, Ministry of Transport - extended the scope of the Passenger Transport Social Services Review to incorporate the access and mobility objective of the New Zealand Transport Strategy.

5. A range of culturally appropriate services allows choices for older people  Office for Ethnic Affairs, Department of Internal Affairs - ten government agencies committed to developing Ethnic Responsiveness plans.
 Work and Income, Ministry of Social Development - proactive use of the multilingual contact centre improved communication between Work and Income staff and older Pacific people.
 Work and Income, Ministry of Social Development - staff provided services to older Māori on marae.

6. Older people living in rural communities are not disadvantaged when accessing services

 Department of Internal Affairs - approximately $3 million distributed to 437 community groups in the not-for-profit sector by Lottery Seniors funding.
 Department of Labour - Connecting Communities national conference identified priorities for community Information Communication Technology (ICT) work for the next five years.
 Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry – two Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) Access pilots in Tokoroa and Southland supported to provide training and information to rural residents including rural older people.


7. People of all ages have positive attitudes to ageing and older people  Ministry of Culture and Heritage - A Fair Sort of Battle - veterans’ oral history of the Italian campaign published April 2004
 Department of Labour - Diversity Index 2003 published and available on the EEO Trust website.
 Work and Income Auckland Region and Office for Senior Citizens, Ministry of Social Development - training package developed for Work and Income staff working with older people.
 Ministry of Culture and Heritage - New Zealand and the Second World War – the People, the Battles and the Legacy published April 2004.

8. Elimination of ageism and promotion of flexible work options  Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry - seventy-seven retirement planning seminars held from Whangarei to Invercargill.
 Department of Labour - Achieving Balanced Lives and Employment a summary report published on Work/Life balance.
 Ministry of Social Development - Mature Focused Case Management practice introduced December 2003 to ensure all Work and Income unemployed clients aged 45 to 59 years receive intensive case management and support to attain sustainable employment.

9. Increasing opportunities for personal growth and community participation  Ministry of Education - in 2003, 4633 students aged 65 years and over participated in formal tertiary education making up 1% of the total student population, up from 542 or 0.2% in 1998.
 Ministry of Education – 18,000 older people over 60 years participated in Adult and Community Education (ACE) in 2003.
 Ministry of Culture and Heritage - funding provided to 160 veterans to attend the 60th anniversary of the battle of Monte Cassino and 30 veterans supported to attend the 50th anniversary of the signing of the armistice for the Korean War.

10. Increasing opportunities for personal growth and community participation  Ministry of Education - in 2003, 4633 students aged 65 years and over participated in formal tertiary education making up 1% of the total student population, up from 542 or 0.2% in 1998.
 Ministry of Education – 18,000 older people over 60 years participated in Adult and Community Education (ACE) in 2003.
 Ministry of Culture and Heritage - funding provided to 160 veterans to attend the 60th anniversary of the battle of Monte Cassino and 30 veterans supported to attend the 50th anniversary of the signing of the armistice for the Korean War.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news