About Age Concern

Age Concern Kapiti is a Not- For- Profit, Incorporated Society and registered Charitable Trust founded in 1990. We are one of 35 Age Concerns around the country and Age Concern New Zealand is our national body.

Our vision

A community that respects, values, supports and empowers older people in Kapiti.

Our mission

To be a hub of trusted information, support and advocacy to enable older people in Kapiti to have real choices.

AgeConnect Kapiti is an Age Concern Kapiti project. Its purpose is to increase social connections for older people/koroua or kuia in Kapiti. We know that social isolation and loneliness are worldwide problems which can have detrimental effects on an individual’s physical and mental health. A Ministry of Social Development briefing paper to the incoming Minister for Seniors in 2017 stated “Social isolation is a key factor for elder abuse and other poor outcomes such as depression and anxiety, alcoholism and dementia and worsening of chronic conditions.”

This project aims to encourage, raise awareness and promote social connections for older people. We are engaging with each community – Paekakariki, Raumati, Paraparaumu Beach, Paraparaumu Central, Waikanae and Otaki – in Kapiti to find out what opportunities  for social connections are already in place, identify the barriers that prevent participation, what works well and what the gaps are.

This website will promote social connections by helping older people access support and information.