Age-friendly communities

A key part of giving effect to the Positive Ageing Strategy is the Age-friendly New Zealand programme. It is being promoted as a way to ensure our communities respect and include the perspective and needs of older people.

In an age-friendly community:

  • green spaces are well-maintained with seating, shelter, and toilets
  • safe pedestrian crossings and footpaths are wide enough for wheelchairs, walkers or strollers
  • there is Public transport to health centers, shops, and parks
  • affordable housing options are close to services and facilities
  • signage is clear and easy to read Council events and activities appeal to people of different ages
  • older people contribute to community groups Facilities are located close to residential areas and services
  • older people are consulted and included in decision-making

The 2018 National Age-friendly Forum will be held in Wellington on 19 June, 2018.

Please see the attached program of events to see what is happening on the day.

The need

By 2036, nearly a quarter of New Zealanders will be over 65. Every council and every community needs to start planning now for the needs of a much greater older population.

population age graph