Key services to support Cook Islanders over the age of 60 years were discussed at a workshop held late last month.
workshop was attended by key Government officials, leaders of Civil Society
Organisations and a handful of dynamic thinkers from across the community. They
gathered together to ignite conversations around what aged care services could
look like in the future for the Cook Islands, a statement from Ministry of
Internal Affairs said.
of Internal Affairs Anne Herman said: “17 per cent of our population are over
the age of 60 and this proportion continues to grow. We have pockets of those
over 60 in our community who benefit from spaces to interact with others, those
who require constant support with self-care, and those requiring support to
rehabilitate following significant life or health events. We also recognise the
families of loved ones who also need assurance and support.”
there are a range of services already available offered by civil society and
community groupings, and there are supportive benefits assisting with some of
the cost of managing care for elderly in need, Herman said “we all know we can
support each other better to do better, and we all agree now is the right time
to be having these important conversations”.
conversations over the first day of the co-design workshop really allowed each
participant to bring their best selves to the table inclusive of their own
thinking and experience, the statement said.
identified key services we would like our people to have access to and why and how
these fit within our cultural values, and therefore services may change over
second day of the co-design workshop focusing on defining these services more
fully, identifying how these services will be delivered and by whom was
scheduled to be held last month.
are grateful to our team at PriceWaterhouseCoopers New Zealand for delivering a
workshop format which clearly had every participant energised and engaged from
start to finish.”
workshop was part of the Ministry of Internal Affairs project: Feasibility
Study on Aged Care Services in the Cook Islands. The Asian Development Bank has partnered with
the Ministry on this project and is funded by the Republic of Korea e-Asia and
Knowledge Partnership Fund.