Listen: Commissioner, New Zealanders, New Zealand discussed on RNZ: The Detail
"Yada Alexander Hamilton and this is the detail today preparing for an aging population when I was growing up not there McHugh relics but we used to each other when we saw somebody who's nine hundred a week ninety because it was so few of them now they're everywhere. It's no secret that AL population is aging aging and we're living longer and longer and twenty six fifteen percent of New Zealanders were over sixty five by twenty thirty two. It'll be a twenty two percent and by twenty sixty eight. It's estimated up to with a of New Zealanders will be over sixty five which means stories like this a sad new statistics emerge showing one and five elderly people in New Zealand suffer from chronic loneliness this new research predicts the number of hip and knee replacements in New Zealand will skyrocket skyrocketed over the next decade and even this the robot known as Perot introduced to Auckland's Selwyn village. Today research suggests the cuddly creature helps lift spirits and encourages. More interaction with others are about to become a lot more common. The so-called tsunami of gray is generating writing a wave of political promises all smiles since the government announces a boost for the super gold cat. We're going to bring it up today to be a super super gold card it it includes a seven point seven million dollar upgrade to the website and and you mobile phone. APP and now there are calls for a champion of the elderly and aged commissioner wasn't annuity. It wasn't my idea gripe have been fighting for years. Labour the Greens in Grape win on the road and sit on the first factor this David David Clarke said the first Labour lead budget. We will save an aged care commissioner. This is a very vulnerable population. Shen and if you think about it the vulnerable populations in society we tend to have commissioned misfortune commissioner for the children so there is a good argument to say that we should have. We have one dog dinar ecus is gp a professor at the University of Auckland and last year was appointed Joyce Cook Chair in aging well well a research position funded by private sector philanthropists so on HP commissioner the jury's out for me. I think it needs a lot of discussion will be an expensive thing Juanita Support Service in office to support them and they'll be looking at data and everyone will be responsible for reporting to a commissioner you know. I think we just need you. Keep talking about it for a bit longer. The jury's out yeah it's interesting you say that because I would have thought that somebody who has done. The type of research that you've done would've been in full support of something like this well. I do know how much things cost in almost more rather that money was given into the contracts to residential aged care because the contracts are so tight to do anything proactive to more physiotherapy to have more rehabilitation type. Things happening cost money so that's where we should be focusing yeah funding in my in my view when it comes to aging populations. Nyeri curious is the local guber currently just before the twenty twenty into you. We have eight hundred eighty three thousand people over age eighty five by the time we get to twin t fifty five or twenty sixty three hundred eighty three thousand people aged eighty five life wow so can you just repeat those numbers eighteen three thousand three hundred ninety three thousand roughly and so those are the estimates so don't have to be mathematician to see what a large chains. It's a fourfold increase in those the diversity of aging population goes up even more if you look at the proportional increase in older Mauri an older Asian and older Pacific populations it goes up by more than double let and that's because the those populations rapidly ageing becoming successful. It's a really wonderful thing to celebrate but actually do we know how to provide support and care for those populations in do we understand the the cultural contexts in which they operate curse co lead a major study into advanced agent the Lilac study which took a group of four hundred over moldy age eighty to ninety five hundred older non Maury from a population by sample in the Bay of Plenty region. We found that sixty five percent of eighty. I five road non. Maury woman were living alone about fifty something percent of not of Maori woman at age eighty to ninety. We're living alone and so oh you know than you would have thought I thought it would be much more intergenerational and much more living with people so living alone at age eighty five and now the ninety. There's even harbor portions living alone so hell. They obviously are independent in managing their own stuff. Many of them are gardening and eating their own food food and living very healthy lives but actually muscle strength aerobic capacity Commun- combinations of of commodities and other a medical conditions. May they tend to be much more fragile but actually we need to develop lots of ways to support people to maintain their mobility in those advanced age times. Each of the seniors randomly assigned to a group one does exercise one cooking and nutrition class. One group does both well the fourth group just meet each week for a COUPLA is mobility. The big concern or is it more that the mental capacity side of things. You'll thinking dementia thing yeah well. I think that we can think about in several different ways. Cognition is a big issue which we do need to think about. I'll like to think about my grandmother who got the she was. The Beasts Gone Michael in the district and she couldn't make scones any more complex. Things complex tasks lining up spatial stuff. She would get lost in the house. She would become confused in the afternoon. So it's a global thing with cognition and with the development of dementia which of course is the umbrella term you've got Alzheimer's disease which was part of their multiple strokes and other part and then molest the usual things like Lewy body disease and frontal Lobe Dimitris and things but data's go they are going to be much more common in society because the a number of older people is going to increase so much. The proportion of people in the old rages might be list with dementia. The absolute numbers coming up will mean that people people with dementia will be an S. society. We need to celebrate them and look after them and include them. It's predicted one hundred seventy thousand. New Zealanders will have dementia. Ah twenty-fifty competitive fewer than fifty thousand and twenty seven so it makes sense to start getting ready for it now but whose job is in your environment to be good the payments to be good. You want the city council in the transport people to give the older people time to cross the road when those lights go green will read and there's a lot of many different areas to think about so USA central government needs to do it work with policies local government. I think could have a much stronger role in making cities more age friendly and then the health agencies need to be very much integrated with transport and housing to support older populations as we get more and more of them age friendly is an interesting to me and the interesting point you just raised about the lights things like pedestrian lights. Do we need to make those go a little bit longer so people can cross the road. Are we thinking about the stuff enough so geico interesting. You and I probably have a gate speedway over meter of seeking once you get Gobi Breeders Hell Yeah and so if you listen awesome point eight of a gate gate speed you does not enough time to cross the road and if it's a double lane highway it's even more problematic because you've got four lanes to cross so oh. I do think that everyone is aware of this. I'm not sure that we're actually adapting S. cities and as cityscapes to be very age friendly as yet what what about on a family leave a land and within our own family. How can we look after our own family members as they get older and also so I can look after ourselves as well 'cause. It's going to be a part of it. Isn't it is look. There are from the personal and unfairly found area. There's lots of things that people can do so the the key risk areas I think is we ageism individual balance and physical activity in cognition so things that you can do is constantly challenge those those things so take the stairs instead of the elevator all the way through life you can improve your chances of not having demeanor by being more cognitively active being bilingual and you're a very good thing be a salsa dancer or A. Boreham dance rose some complicated long sequences of activities that are cognitively the challenging and involve memory. that is quite good for you. I read a paper."