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Ageing is the new black!

stephanie-clareStephanie Clare

Chief Executive | Age Concern New Zealand

Our population is ageing and we all need to know how to prepare. Age Concern New Zealand and The New Zealand Association of Gerontology are leading the way by co-hosting the Vison for Ageing in Aotearoa conference.

Why? Because our longevity ecosystem needs us all to work together to ensure that Aotearoa is equipped with the best opportunities to get well, be well, stay well and live well.

New Zealand is on the brink of societal change that will impact us all. In a period of 40 years there will be a 700% increase of the population in the 95+ age group, a 283% increase in the 80+ and 108% increase in the 65+.

We will also be more ethnically diverse as Maori, Pasifika and Asian populations increase significantly. Now is the time to work together so we as older people enjoy great later lives in Aotearoa – please join the conversation this April on how we all can make New Zealand a great place to age at the Vision for Ageing in Aotearoa conference.

We are all ageing and have an interest in creating a society that respects, values and celebrates the contribution of all older New Zealanders. We believe that actions taken now can change the course of ageing in New Zealand for the better, for our older population and wider society.

Age Concern New Zealand (ACNZ) and New Zealand Association of Gerontology (NZAG) are bringing together a stellar line up of speakers, researchers and thought leaders who are delving into subjects as diverse as climate change, older workers and housing design through to falls prevention and organ donation.

We have never seen such vast development in technology and had so many decades of life, and with the increase in social media and the focus on ageing, how do we navigate the road and find the right information to know what is means for us? How do we disrupt ageist views, improve respect for older workers, encourage lifelong learning and take advantage of the extra years of life?

Join over 300 delegates and the amazing line-up of 100 presenters at this exciting event to find out.

The Vison for Ageing in Aotearoa conference will be opened by Minister for Seniors, Hon. Tracey Martin and includes a political panel on policy affecting older people.

Dr Ngaire Kerse, New Zealand Association of Gerontology President says “By showcasing the amazing research, work and programmes happening around New Zealand we hope to inspire, enthuse and encourage development of innovative and evidence based health and social care for our older population”.

Make sure you register for the Vision for Ageing in Aotearoa conference and help create a future we can all enjoy. There are Student, and SuperGold rates available.


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