Hope you all exercised your democratic right on Saturday. Time will tell if all the election promises made will be adhered to and time for us all to hold them accountable.
Sad to see the loss of Steve Chadwick from politics, she was a champion for our children and older people. Her passion and work ethic will be missed both locally and nationally. Her legacy of smoke free working and dining experiences will have untold benefits for generations to come.
Congratulations to the Green Party, hoping that Mojo Mathers makes it in as well and becomes New Zealand's first profoundly deaf MP. In Mojo's words "I have worked extensively on disability issues and bring with me an insight into the challenges and barriers that people with disabilities face as well as my own experiences of what it is like to live with a disability." Another step to parliament being more representative of the population.
Election 2011 is fast approaching - these are some questions Age Concern New Zealand is suggesting you ask of candidates.
1. Some older people can’t afford to go to their GP or to the dentist. What will you do to make essential health care more affordable?
2. Elder abuse and neglect can cost older people their independence, life-savings, health and security. What will you do to help Age Concern combat elder abuse?
3. Older people in hospital and in residential care are not always treated with dignity and respect. What will you do to promote dignity in care?
4. Ageist attitudes lead to elder abuse. What will you do to challenge ageism and promote respect for older people? 5. Age Concern’s specialist elder abuse prevention services are stretched to capacity. What will you do to help Age Concern cope with demand for our services? What will you do to help us establish services in areas that do not have one?
6. Loneliness and social isolation can cost older people their health and independence, and more than 40,000 older New Zealanders are severely and chronically lonely. What will you do to help them stay socially connected?
7. Some older people can’t afford to eat well or keep warm. What will you do to help older people in hardship?
8. Older people want home support that allows them to live safely and with dignity in their own homes. What will you do to ensure older people get the home support they need?