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International Day of Older Persons

International Day of Older Persons

Seniors Minister Maggie Barry has welcomed the United Nation’s International Day of Older Persons being marked around the world today.

The theme of this year’s International Day is ‘Stepping into the Future’: tapping the talents, contributions and participation of Older Persons.

“International Day of Older Persons gives visibility and recognition to the many seniors who are living meaningful and vital lives, contributing as workers, employers, volunteers, parents and grandparents,” Ms Barry says.

“By 2036 up to 24% of New Zealanders will be over 65 – we’ll have nearly a quarter of the population with a wealth of skills and experience that we can tap in to, who will help to positively shape the future of our country”.

“We’ve already piloted three UN Age Friendly Community initiatives around New Zealand to promote positive aging and social inclusion.”

“We also have a group of SuperSenior Champions – articulate older Kiwis led by Patron Sir Peter Snell – who raise awareness on how important older people are in our lives and talk about issues that affect Seniors, including elder abuse.”

“Over 2000 cases of elder abuse are reported each year but the majority goes unreported. It’s believed up to 10 per cent of seniors experience some form of abuse and three quarters is carried out by family members,” Ms Barry says.

“Earlier this year I launched new re-prioritised Elder Abuse Response Services.EARS is designed for real action on elder abuse, getting older people the help they need, quickly, effectively and safely.”

“Part of this new approach is a free and confidential 24/7 help-line, 0800 32 668 65 (0800 EA NOT OK) and there has been a steady stream of calls to it sinceJuly 1. All calls are answered by a registered nurse who refers people to expert help, including for financial abuse.”

“We are also in discussions with the Commission for Financial Capability about running a series of seminars to help Seniors with money matters.”
“Tackling elder abuse and ageism will help create an environment where the rights of older people are recognised and supported so Seniors can age positively in their own communities.”
For more information visit www.superseniors.msd.govt.nz

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