Wairarapa Age Concern

Promoting dignity and respect for all older people.

As people age, they face changes in their health and their ability to get out and about and look after themselves, the loss of a spouse and friends, age discrimination and pressures from family to make financial decisions they may be uncomfortable with. These changes have a huge effect on the mental and physical well-being and the quality of life experienced by our older adults. Age Concern is an important support network for every community.

Wairarapa Age Concern WOOPs raises awareness of the needs and issues of older adults through education and lobbying, and by developing and delivering support services, information and advice to older adults in the community. It also provides representation and advocacy on behalf of older people, to stakeholders and key organisations like District Councils and the DHB.

Age Concern’s many services in the Wairarapa include the Total Mobility Scheme, in-home support and Accredited Visitor Service. And importantly the Elder Abuse and Neglect Prevention Service, a confidential support, advocacy and information service for people facing elder abuse and neglect. Watch a group of Age Concern Wairarapa supporters raising awareness in Masterton on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2013.

Grant funding from the Trust House Foundation supports the delivery of these essential services by Age Concern Programme Coordinators in the Wairarapa.

Age Concern in Wairarapa was previously known as Wairarapa Organisation for Older Persons (WOOPs).

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