Have your say on se­niors’ ser­vices

Horowhenua Chronicle - - SPORT -

Ka¯ piti and Horowhenua are prov­ing a pop­u­lar place for re­tire­ment.

We have the high­est num­ber¯of over 65 year olds pro­por­tion­ally in the Otaki elec­torate across all of New Zealand.

Be­cause of this both Ka¯ piti and Horowhenua Dis­trict Coun­cils have a real fo­cus on ser­vices for the el­derly. A mild cli­mate, grow­ing lo­cal econ­omy, with good ac­cess to ser­vices means we are an at­trac­tive place to re­tire to.

I know that health ser­vices, law and or­der, su­per­an­nu­a­tion and trans­port are some of the im­por­tant cen­tral Govern­ment is­sues that el­derly are con­cerned about.

We are all liv­ing longer and be­cause of this New Zealand has an ag­ing pop­u­la­tion. Na­tional knows how im­por­tant it is that we care for our el­derly and want older New Zealan­ders to live en­joy­able and mean­ing­ful lives. With 70,000 Ki­wis are liv­ing with de­men­tia to­day, by 2050 it will be over 170,000. We need to make sure there is an ex­pand­ing range of care sup­port for the el­derly.

We’re also con­cerned for the el­derly who are strug­gling with the ris­ing cost of liv­ing with petrol prices and taxes of­ten cited as a big con­cern.

So if you’re over 65 and can spare a cou­ple of min­utes on your com­puter please give us some feed­back at na­tional.org.nz/havey­our­say on is­sues you are fac­ing.

We have only 18 months un­til the gen­eral elec­tion and we need to have poli­cies that have a gen­uine fo­cus on se­niors in our com­mu­nity.

The Ka¯ piti Ex­press­way has taken traf­fic off lo­cal roads, which has helped older drivers feel more con­fi­dent driv­ing around Para­pa­raumu and Waikanae.

I also know ac­cess to doc­tors in Levin is a con­stant cause of frus­tra­tion for many.

I value your sur­vey in­put as we can’t solely de­sign pol­icy ideas in Wellington with­out feed­back or ideas from those who are in the know.

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