After feedback from Council's Older Person Forum members it was subsequently agreed to develop a Marlborough Positive Ageing Accord, recognising that achieving positive outcomes for older people necessitated the commitment of multiple agencies and ultimately required a whole of community response. The accord records the commitment of its members to achieving the highest possible quality of life for older people in Marlborough.
The document sets the context for ageing in Marlborough, including any particular issues, challenges or opportunities that have been identified, describes the purpose of the accord and sets the principles and objectives. It also records the signatories to the accord. A separate schedule identifies the particular actions that will be undertaken in the current period by the individual organisations and collectively.
In addition to those identified in the accord, Council responds to positive ageing in the following ways:
- Provision of housing for the elderly
- Provision of library services which includes responding to the particular needs of the elderly including large print, books, home bound services, talking books etc
- Development of the Blenheim Bus Service - this was initiated by Council's Older Persons Forum
- Council's Older Persons Forums held monthly to discuss issues in the community of particular interest or that have relevance to the positive ageing sector
- Total Mobility Scheme
- Rates Rebates
Further information on the above can be gained by contacting Council.
The following links provide further information on the positive ageing sector in Marlborough and in New Zealand: