Positive Ageing Strategy

The District is a great place to retire in, or to: there is plenty to do, a lively and welcoming community and good local services.

An example of what is available can be found here in the Retiring in Taihape brochure.

Retiring In Taihape Brochure PDF 485KB

The multi-agency group that looked at opportunities for retirees in the District identified a number of key issues and opportunities. Three particular responses have been promoted.

Firstly, a pilot programme of “Sit and be Fit” classes was organised through the Whanganui District Health Board in 2013/14 and there is now a “Steady as You Go” programme of exercise classes that support balance and strength for older people. For details please contact Age Concern Wanganui 06 345 1799.

Secondly, the Whanganui Regional Health Network and Age Concern Wanganui are promoting Advance Care Planning (or ACP) which is the process of thinking about, talking about and planning for future health care and end of life care.

Advance care planning gives everyone a chance to say what’s important to them. It helps people understand what the future might hold and to say what treatment they would and would not want. This makes it much easier for families and healthcare providers to know what you would want - particularly if you can no longer speak for yourself.

‘My Advance Care Plan’ forms are available on line at www.advancecareplanning.org.nz (http://www.advancecareplanning.org.nz) or you can contact Age Concern Wanganui on 06 345 1799, the Whanganui Regional Health Network on 06 3448 0109 or your GP.

To raise awareness about Advance Care Planning and some of the other issues faced by older people, the Central Region District Health Boards, Health of Older People Network have published two infographics.

Characteristics of Older People - Central Region Nov-Dec 2015

Characteristics of Older People - Central Region Jan-March 2017

The Health of Older People Network have asked that this infographic is shared so that a wide range people read the information presented in the infographic and use it to:

1. Consider what it means for how you, others in your organisation and those in your community interact with older people

2. Start a conversation with an older person or your family/whānau on one or more of the issues highlighted in the infographic and see where it leads