Ageing and the cultural context that affects the experiences of older people have always been of personal and professional interest to me. The Community Core Leaders Development Programme brings together delegates from New Zealand, Austria and Germany, and hosts Japan, providing them with an opportunity to exchange ideas and information, and to build international networks within their areas of expertise. While in Japan, they will take part in a four-day discussion forum in Tokyo and then visit a regional city to observe community -based services and attend local seminars specific to their specialist field.
In my role at Age Concern New Zealand, I support the delivery of health promotion projects through local Age Concerns across New Zealand by providing advice on the planning, delivery, and evaluation of programmes that enable older people to increase control over, and to improve, their health. Last year, I was able to deliver a Steady As You Go falls prevention programme and leapt at the chance to work on a practical and local level and get to know the people that benefit from the programmes Age Concern provides.
I love any chance to have a large group of the Age Concern whanau from around the country in one room, and to learn and share with other organisations to bring them into the whare. I hope sharing some insights from my time at the Core Leaders Forum in Japan will stimulate some discussion about our strengths and areas for improvement in terms of our approach to empowering people to age the way they want to