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About Age Concern New Zealand 'on research'

At the heart of everything Age Concern does is a passion to see older people experience well-being, respect, dignity, and to be included and valued. We support, inform and advise older people on issues such as access to health care, transport, housing, financial entitlements, and social opportunities. We also work to combat real problems in our society, like elder abuse and neglect, chronic loneliness and social isolation. We provide specialist services with trained and qualified professionals able to give expert advice and assistance. Age Concern is a charity and relies on the support of volunteers and public donations to do much of the work we do. To help us help older people, please consider making a donation of your time or money. To see how, visit

What is loneliness and how can it be measured?

Judith Davey 30/11/2018 Loneliness as a social issue has come to the fore recently and much has been made of moves by governments to put it on the policy agenda. Prime Minister Theresa May’s announcement in January this year that … Continue reading

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What is Active Ageing? And is it a “good thing”

Judith Davey 16/11/2018 A variety of terms is bandied about when people try to put a positive slant on population ageing, what it means and its implications. We hear about “healthy” “positive”, “successful”, “productive”, “active ageing and so on. The … Continue reading

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What about rental units in retirement villages?

Judith Davey 2/11/2018 I have written before about the prospect that a growing number of older people will be living in rental accommodation in the future – based on a declining trend in home ownership. Another recent blog was about … Continue reading

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The “precariousness” of older workers

19/10/2018 Judith Davey The dictionary definition of precariousness is uncertainty, instability, insecurity, dependence on circumstances beyond one’s control. But the term – often with the synonym “precarity” has been used recently to apply in the labour market. Precarity refers to … Continue reading

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The Retirement Income ‘Eco-system’ 2. Decumulation/Self-Funding

Judith Davey 5/10/2018 It has always been possible for people to contribute to their retirement incomes from their own resources – from earnings, savings and investments and by running down these assets – a process known as decumulation – assuming … Continue reading

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New Zealand’s Retirement Income ‘Eco-system’ – 1 Government contribution

Judith Davey 21/09/2018 When we think of retirement income policy we usually think first of New Zealand Superannuation (NZS). For many older people this is their main or only source of income. But, when you come to think of it, … Continue reading

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Retirement Villages – looking at their economic impact

On 25th July, at an event in the Beehive, the Retirement Villages Association (RVA) launched a report commissioned through Price Waterhouse Coopers Consulting (PWC), entitled Retirement village contribution to housing, employment, and GDP in New Zealand. Your blogger was there; … Continue reading

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