A new strategy will help ensure we create opportunities for everybody to participate, contribute and be valued as they age. Many older people are living well, but the number of those who are not is expected to increase in future.
Although much was achieved through the previous strategy – the Positive Ageing Strategy 2001 – there is still more to do.
The number of people over the age of 65 is increasing, and this trend will continue. The ways we live are changing – our population is more diverse with many different family structures. Technological developments will continue to affect our lives.
An ageing population also reflects increased longevity, which is an achievement offering many opportunities for older people and society. Many of us will continue working as we age, supporting families and whānau, passing on knowledge, volunteering and contributing to society.
We need to pay particular attention to the interests of Māori, and be guided by the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi as the founding document of our country. We will work with iwi, hapū and whānau to ensure that these principles guide the development and implementation of the strategy and the needs and aspirations of kaumātua are reflected in it.