Tomorrow (Saturday, 1 October) marks the International Day of Older Persons, with Age Concern Hamilton holding several events next week to mark the occasion.
More than 11 per cent of the Hamilton population is aged over 65, and over coming years that number is expected to grow in line with national trends. The Ministry of Social Development estimates the number of people aged 65 and over in New Zealand is expected to double to around 1.2 million by 2035 – almost a quarter of the population.
Peggy Koopman-Boyden, the outgoing chair of Hamilton’s Older Persons Advisory Panel says it is an exciting time for older person’s issues in Hamilton.
“Recently, Hamilton City Council agreed to support an application for Hamilton to join the Age Friendly Global Network, run by the World Health Organisation. This is an excellent opportunity for a community-led plan to be developed to make Hamilton an even better place for older people to live than it is already.”
This plan will complement the work the Council is already doing through its Older Persons Plan, which listed 20 actions to make the city a safe and desirable place for older people to live.
Hamilton City Council’s Older Person’s Plan can be found here
- Release from Hamilton City Council