Facts and figures about the health of older people in New Zealand, and links to more statistics.
Percentage of population in older age groups
Our changing population
- New Zealanders are living longer.
- Many of our later years are lived with a disability.
- Our older population is becoming more ethnically diverse.
- Our older population is growing faster than our younger population.
Find out more at Our changing population.
Expenditure increase 2005/06 to 2015/16
DHB spending on services for older people
- Older people use more health services than younger people.
- Spending on services for older people is increasing faster than other expenses.
- Rest home care is a large part of the budget.
- The number of older people needing care will increase, but not the proportion.
- Older people have been using acute hospital services less.
- Older people are getting comprehensive clinical assessments.
Find out more at DHB spending on services for older people.
Prevalence of certain health conditions by age
- Some health conditions are much more common in older people.
- Māori have higher rates of many health conditions than people of other ethnicities.
Find out more at Health conditions in older people.
Percentage of population who meet vegetable and fruit intake guidelines
- Health behaviours like eating healthy food, not drinking alcohol or only drinking at low-risk levels and doing regular physical activity help people avoid developing long-term health conditions.
- Loneliness has a strong relationship with poor mental and physical health outcomes.
Find out more at Health behaviours in older people.
Percentage of population who visited a GP in the past 12 months
Health service use
- Older people requiring residential care have a choice of facility.
- Almost all older people visit a GP, but some experience have difficulty accessing services.
Find out more at Use of health services by older people.
Profile of kaiāwhina workforce
Find out more at Health of older people workforce.