Older Aucklanders: A quality of life status report


Alison Reid

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Demographics and society, Housing, Quality of life


Auckland Council Research and Evaluation Unit, RIMU


The intention of this report is to trace the multiple dimensions of social and economic well-being among older Aucklanders. It represents an important step in Auckland Council’s response to the implications of population ageing, now and into the future. In 2013, a quarter of all older people in New Zealand (defined here as those aged 65 and over) lived in Auckland, and this group made up just over one in ten Aucklanders. These proportions will increase in the next few decades, and the diversity that characterises older Aucklanders will become more pronounced.

The report outlines findings across eight broad domains, or themes, that contribute to high quality of life and well-being. These domains are as follows: housing; neighbourhood; transport; social connectedness; health and care; status in society; culture and identity; and economic standard of living. These domains complement the goals of the New Zealand Positive Ageing Strategy, but are focused on Auckland, which is unique in the New Zealand setting due to its large, multi-cultural and predominantly urban population.

Auckland Council technical report, TR2017/014.