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Grey Power calls for elderly to join and fight

Jun 21st, 2010 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

OLDER New Zealanders will need to get more active in standing up for their rights, says lobby group Grey Power.

elderly 91 graphCommenting on the latest statistics which reinforce the country’s aging population, Grahame Houghton, vice president of Grey Power Hutt City, says older people should be joining his organisation so they have a voice.

In the last 20 years the number of New Zealanders over the age of 50 has increased from 24% to 30% of the population.

In 1991 there were around 390,000 people over the age of 65, in 2010 that figure increased to almost 565,000, according to Statistics New Zealand figures.

The portion of population aged 65-79 years was 9.5% at March 2010, up from 9.0% in 2000.
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Compared with the nation’s net increase of 13%, people aged 65 have increased by 24%.

Grey Power was established in New Zealand over 20 years ago as a lobby group for those aged over 50.

“When it comes to lobbying Government, the more numbers we have the better it is,” says Mr Houghton.

Grey Power says the government will have to increase money spent on such things as health care and welfare services, since the elderly are the highest users in this system.

“People are struggling now, so they are going to be struggling more,” says Mr Houghton.

He says rises in GST and electricity mean more people will be affected and some will struggle to cover these costs with their superannuation.

One of Grey Power’s main concerns is the level of superannuation some older people are having to survive on.

The organisation says it is difficult for some elderly to have a fulfilling life on the current level of payment.

Mr Houghton says that fulfilment is only going to be made tougher for those who have been using the popular Super Gold Card.

The card was launched in 2007 and enables people over the age of 65 to travel on public transport for free.

The Government is now reviewing the card and there is a worry that restrictions will be made to the services people can use.

The term baby boomer refers to those born during the post-World War II baby boom between 1945 and the early 1960s, and the first of the baby boomers are now at the age of retirement of 65.

The end of World War II brought the onset of higher fertility rates and a decrease in mortality rates.

Fertility has been on the decline since the end of the baby boom, with women now having on average one less child than in the 1950s.

Mr Houghton points out the aging population is not just a problem for New Zealand, it is a worldwide trend.

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