Bid to capture age aspirations

Being counted . . . Alexandra Community Advice Network volunteer Trudy Small fills in The Next Chapter Survey, designed to find out what people’s needs are as they enter their retirement years. PHOTO: ALEXIA JOHNSTON

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Being counted . . . Alexandra Community Advice Network volunteer Trudy Small fills in The Next Chapter Survey, designed to find out what people’s needs are as they enter their retirement years. PHOTO: ALEXIA JOHNSTON

information gathering is being used to paint a picture of Alexandra’s future.

People from the age of 55 are being asked to complete The Next Chapter Survey, a short document designed to gauge a better understanding of people’s needs as they start or plan for retirement in Alexandra and surrounding areas.

The survey was developed following the Alexandra Council of Social Services’ hui, hosted a year ago.

An age support group was formed as a result of the hui, which includes members of Age Concern Otago, Alzheimers Otago, Healthcare NZ, Alexandra Community House, Parkinsons New Zealand and the Central Otago District Council.

Part of their job was to look at ways to achieve connectedness, social supports they think need to be strengthened, types of accommodation they might require and transport.

Alexandra Community House has managed production of the survey and distribution throughout the wider community.

Community house manager Carole Gillions encourages people to take part.

The survey was available at the recent Vincent Ward spatial plan meetings and will be distributed to various community sectors, including sports and service clubs.

A woman who had filled in the survey, but declined to be named, said it needed an extra option for the question asking people what they saw as their next stop for accommodation.

She was concerned there was no option for retirement village living with healthcare on site. That option has since been added to the document.

Feedback following the spatial plan event meant changes were made to the survey before it was distributed into the wider community, Ms Gillions said.

The 15-page survey is estimated to take 10 minutes to fill in and will be available until September 30.

Recommendations for further discussion and action will then be investigated.

‘‘One of the key things . . .is for people to think about what they need when they move into retirement years.’’

She said the aim was to get people looking forward so the group could help inform the district about change that could make it a good place to retire.

‘‘It already is a magnificent place, but how can we improve it?’’

– To access the survey, visit Alexandra Community House or www.surveymonkey.com/r/achthenextchapter