Ageing well
Growing older is something we should all celebrate. The wealth of skills, knowledge and wisdom that older people bring to our community is invaluable.

So rather than focusing on the mental and physical decline that can come with ageing, many older members of our community are focusing on how they can remain active physically, emotionally and socially.

It’s vital that we stay connected to our community and loved ones, that we adapt to change and we find new things to enjoy. Doing so helps us stay healthy and engaged in the world around us.

While most older people enjoy living healthy, active and independent lives in their own homes, it is recognised that people over 65 years do, on average, have higher health needs.

Given that around 12 percent of New Zealand’s population is 65 years or over this has a significant impact on our health services.

The Whanganui region’s higher-than-average population of older people (16 percent of Whanganui’s residents are aged 65 years or over) means a higher-than-average demand on our community’s health and social services.

And this, along with New Zealand’s overall ageing population, has implications for the future provision of health services in the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) region.

As a community, we need to work together to address the health and social needs facing our region’s older people by ensuring they have easy access to convenient transport, affordable healthcare, appropriate support services, and safety measures such as mobility devices and good social contact.

The other Older People Health webpages provide information about some of the support services available to older people and their families/whanau in the Whanganui region.