In the NSROC region, by 2031, almost one in five people will be over the age of 65. From 2011 to 2031 the numbers of people aged 65 and over will grow by 56% or 45,850 people to be 18% of the population. In recognition of this, Ageing is one of NSROC’s seven regional priorities.
Ageing will affect every part of Local Government’s role. This is because older people in the future expect to be able to grow old in their communities, preferably in their own home. Future generations of older people will have different expectations about the services that enable their independence and control.
This report has been prepared to position NSROC to proactively respond to the opportunities and challenges of an ageing population. This will be achieved by doing more as a region as well as with other levels of Government and the community. This report comes at a time when all levels of Government are considering what needs to be done to realize the full economic and social participation of growing numbers of older people.
This report highlights four priorities where shared responsibility would change the lives of older people, making it easier for them to live healthy and active lives in their local community. These are big issues and need collaboration at all levels NSROC Regional Ageing Priorities Final – 27th November 2013