Age Concern New Zealand

Serving the needs of older people
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Age Concern Advocacy

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Each of us, old and young, has rights which entitle us to live independently, and contribute to our society. These rights include the right to education, employment, health care, housing, and other essential services. They also include the right to freedom, self-fulfilment and dignity.

Along with rights come responsibilities to use our skills and learn new ones, contribute to our communities, prepare for our future and be open and flexible to the changing needs of ourselves and others. These rights and responsibilities do not change when we are older. They do not change when we require care or provide care.

Other issues affecting older people's rights and welfare are regularly brought to the Government's attention, based on feedback from local communities around the country.

> More information: Go to: Age Concern policy work and submissions.

United Nations Principles for Older Persons Rights and Responsibilities.