Retirement Living

The Ministry for Disabled People could spell the end of an ageist system

The announcement of a new Ministry for Disabled People no doubt came as welcome news to the more than 1 million disabled people in New Zealand – particularly older people, who bear the brunt of the existing two-tier system. Despite older people having significantly higher rates of disability (59 per cent compared to 21 per cent for adults under the age of 65), they are less likely to receive equitable funding and support – and therefore, face poorer health outcomes as a result.

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