Better Later Life – He Oranga Kaumātua 2019 to 2034
Better Later Life – He Oranga Kaumātua 2019 to 2034 is a strategy for making the future better for New Zealanders as we age.
The new strategy was launched on 1 November 2019 by Minister for Seniors, Tracey Martin, and replaces the Positive Ageing Strategy 2001.
Why we need a new strategy
We (meaning all New Zealanders) need to make sure New Zealand embraces the opportunities that an ageing population and longevity brings.
This strategy will help ensure we create opportunities for everybody to participate, contribute and be valued as we age. Many older people are living well, but the number who are not is likely to increase in the future.
The make-up of the 65+ population is also changing, with more people living longer.
Key areas for action
The strategy identifies five key areas for action, and within each what we want to achieve and what needs to happen.
Achieving financial security and economic participation
Promoting healthy ageing and improving access to services
Creating diverse housing choices and options
Enhancing opportunities for social connection
Making environments accessible
Developing the strategy
The Ministry of Social Development has released Cabinet papers and minutes that help to show how the draft strategy was developed.
You can read more about how the strategy was put together in our report.
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