Age­ing suc­cess­fully an op­por­tu­nity

Bay News - - AROUND TOWN -

Suc­cess­ful age­ing and op­por­tu­nity will be dis­cussed at The Lead­ing Edge event next month.

Lower birth rates and lower death rates are re­sult­ing in the pop­u­la­tion be­com­ing in­creas­ingly older in num­ber and in age.

More peo­ple are liv­ing into their 90s and reach­ing over 100 years. Tech­nolo­gies linked to age­ing are chang­ing our world, says SUPA-NZ’s strate­gic con­sul­tant Ca­role Gor­don.

SUPA-NZ is a New Zealand agency that fos­ters age-friendly com­mu­ni­ties and busi­ness.

“This is no new statis­tic but this de­mo­graphic change has been un­for­tu­nately por­trayed as a tsunami of sad, un­well, un­happy el­derly gold­e­nagers.

“The re­al­ity is that more peo­ple in their 70s, 80s and 90s are not tired and worn out with lim­ited abil­i­ties, but ac­tive cit­i­zenswant­ing to con­tinue work­ing, want­ing to con­tinue with their sports, want­ing to par­tic­i­pate in their com­mu­ni­ties, want­ing to travel, want­ing to live longer. Pur­pose­ful and mean­ing­ful age­ing is what peo­ple to­day want.”

Ca­role says they are plan­ning a pro­gramme that will be thought­pro­vok­ing and in­for­ma­tive and will pro­vide an in­sight­ful dia­logue to turn this phe­nom­e­non into an op­por­tu­nity.

■ The event is at Mount Club on Oc­to­ber 15 from 9.30am-4pm. Reg­is­ter at­cess­ful-age­ing

Ca­role Gor­don says there is so much to talk about ag­ing.

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