SuperGold Card email update - September 2012

Email information updates sent to SuperGold Card holders. If you would like to receive these updates please contact us on 0800 552 002 (Monday to Friday 8am-5pm). Note: emails from us will come from the email address: msd_communications@rnmk.com. Please add this to your address book or safe list so our emails don't get deleted as SPAM - we'd like to keep you informed of the latest SuperGold/Seniors news.

Welcome to the latest email update. We hope that you find the items below helpful and of interest.

International Day of Older People - 1 October

Monday 1 October is the International Day of Older People.

It’s a day we take some time to officially recognise and celebrate older people.

Around 611,000 people in New Zealand are aged 65+.

In the past reaching the age of 65 has been seen by some as a milestone for getting older. Times have changed and what is means to be an ‘older person’ is being challenged.

We no longer have compulsory retirement, we have anti-age discrimination legislation, and people are living and working longer.

Older people make a significant contribution to New Zealand’s economy. Around 20% of people continue to work after the age of 65; many more participate in the community doing volunteer work or are dedicated to caring for family members at home.

This is an active and diverse group making a fantastic contribution. Today is an opportunity to take some time to recognise this.

A number of events are being held around the country to mark the occasion. For more information about events in your area go to the Age Concern website www.ageconcern.org.nz


Help to look after your health and well being

Over the next few weeks we will be contacting businesses in the health sector to encourage them to join the SuperGold Card programme.

Key categories we will be targeting include dental services, pharmacies, physiotherapists, optometrists and home heating/insulation providers.

We will update you on the results in an upcoming newsletter.

You can also play a part by asking your local health provider if they offer a SuperGold Card discount.


Using your SuperGold Card on Auckland's public transport

Auckland Transport is introducing an integrated ticketing system that will let you travel on all of Auckland's public transport using a prepay card; beginning with trains on 27 October, ferries on 30 November, and followed by buses at a later date.

As a result on-board ticket sales are being phased out for rail.

This will mean some changes to the way SuperGold Card holders use their cards on the train. More information is on the Auckland Transport website.

Train changes:

http://www.maxx.co.nz/

Using your SuperGold Card on the train:

http://www.maxx.co.nz/info/pricing-passes/senior-citizen-discounts.aspx


Benefit changes

From 15 October 2012 there are changes to some benefits to encourage and support more people into paid work.

None of these benefit changes or those proposed for introduction in July 2013 affect people on New Zealand Superannuation, Veteran’s Pension or their spouses or partners.

The October changes do affect those on Domestic Purposes Benefit – Sole Parent and Women Alone, Widow’s Benefit and partners of people on Unemployment, Sickness, Emergency and Invalid’s benefit.

For more information visit the “Welfare Reform” section on the MSD website www.msd.govt.nz


Help with paying rates

Did you know that you may be able to get help to pay your rates?

The Department of Internal Affairs runs the Rates Rebate Scheme which offers a discount to low income earners who pay rates on their own home. You can apply to your local council for the rebate.

To find out if you are eligible and get an application form go to www.ratesrebates.govt.nz or contact your local council.


Enduring Power of Attorney - set it up before you need it

An Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) lets you legally appoint someone to act on your behalf in the event that you are incapable of making decisions about your personal care and welfare and your property matters (becoming mentally incapable).

Why should you have an EPA?

In effect an EPA is like an insurance policy to offer you protection when you need it. People can lose mental capacity at any time of their lives, for example, as a result of a head injury, a stroke or Alzheimer’s disease.

Taking the time to make these kinds of decisions now will make things easier for you and your loved ones if anything should happen in the future.

For more information on setting up an EPA go to our website

http://www.msd.govt.nz/what-we-can-do/seniorcitizens/your-rights/enduring-power-of-attorney.html


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We hope you’ve found this email of interest.

From the SuperGold Card/Seniors Team, Senior Services, Ministry of Social Development.

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