Amy Adams

Health services for seniors

by Amy Adams, MP for Selwyn

Here in Selwyn, we have a relatively young population, with many of our new subdivisions proving popular with couples and families with younger children.

We have fewer than average older residents in our district compared to other parts of New Zealand — 10.8% of people in Selwyn are 65 years and above compared with 14.3% of the total New Zealand population.

Given that our older population is in the minority, it is more important than ever that we pay attention to their needs in terms of the facilities and services we offer in our communities.

As we age, our need to access healthcare often increases, and it is important that we have the facilities available to cater for this demand. As well as good local GP care, local facilities such as Ellesmere Hospital in Leeston and the new Akaroa Health Centre that offer specialised healthcare for older people within their communities are very important. I recently attended a gala event at the Ellesmere Hospital and would like to acknowledge the role of the Friends of Ellesmere Hospital in raising funds for and continuing to advocate for this facility.

If you are a resident of Selwyn age 60 or above and are interested in learning more about health services for older people in our region, Mardi Postill from the Canterbury District Health Board will be speaking on this topic at a morning tea event I am hosting next month.

The meeting will be held on Friday, March 20 commencing at 10.30am at the West Melton Community and Recreation Centre located at 1163 West Coast Road in West Melton.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Sharon O’Callaghan in my office before Friday, March 13 by emailing selwynoffice@parliament.govt.nz or by phoning 03 344 0418.