Age-friendly Taupō District
At present, 17.2 per cent of the population in the Taupo District is over 65 years of age. This is estimated to rise to 29.8 per cent of the population by 2033. To find out how we can make the Taupo District more age-friendly, we helped organise a steering committee to represent older people.
The committee involves various community groups, service providers and individuals working with or for older people in our district. Their purpose is to look at areas that can be improved for older people. The aim is to find out what needs to be done to improve our district's age-friendliness.
What is age friendliness?
The concept of age-friendliness was developed by the World Health Organisation. It encourages active ageing by utilising opportunities for health and community participation. It also looks at security to improve the quality of life for older people.
World Health Organisation
Eight areas are identified as influencing the health and quality of life for older people:
- Outdoor spaces and buildings
- Social Participation
- Respect and social inclusion
- Civic participation and employment
- Communication and information
- Community support and health services
In practical terms, an age-friendly town adapts its structures and services to be accessible to and inclusive of older people with varying needs and capacities.
The first focus area for the committee is transport and mobility. A transport survey was circulated and feedback indicated a high percentage of seniors and those with mobility issues find transportation inadequate.
The older road users refresher course for drivers over 65 was launched after this. This free course covers road rules, safety and the affect the aging process can have on your driving. The course is classroom based, not a practical driving test, and is facilitated by driving instructor.
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The other main concern for older people in the district is seating. Following on from discussions, it has been agreed that one of the major supermarket chains will create seating for older people in local stores. Seating has also been provided in some of the parks and recreational areas in the district.
For more information on Age friendliness in the Taupo District, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07 376 0899.
Housing for Older People in the Taupo District
We administer 55 pensioner units in the Taupo District. The units range in size from one to two bedrooms and include kitchen, bathroom, lounge and dining facilities. The aim of the amenities is to allow older people to live independent lives within their communities in safe, healthy and affordable homes.