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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 www.ageconcern.org.nz

Telehealth for older people – beyond the Covid 19 environment

When we think of digital technology, we tend to think of younger people using their smartphones and other digital devices. But this picture doesn’t necessarily apply to telehealth. Older people have been taking up digital technology, especially during the recent … Continue reading

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Telehealth for older people in the Covid 19 environment

Since the start of the Covid 19 lock-down, which began for me on 23 March, I have had the need twice to talk to medical professionals about health matters – once to my GP and once to a specialist doctor. … Continue reading

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Social Distancing/Isolation – how are older people coping?

I am happy to admit that I am over 70 – and for the last six weeks I have been told incessantly that I am “elderly” and “vulnerable”. This is not really how I see myself, but the messages have … Continue reading

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Can redundancy be a silver lining?

We hear a lot about the plight of older people who are struggling to get into or return to the workforce. Only recently there was a Stuff headline – “How employers are freezing the over 50s out of the job … Continue reading

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Are our older people prepared for an emergency?

Our Accredited Visiting Service is a national programme aimed to help provide social connection and support to older people who are feeling lonely or isolated. If you need support during Covid-19, please find more information on our website and contact … Continue reading

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Older Men and Suicide

We hear a lot about New Zealand’s dreadful suicide rates and what should be done about them, especially when young men are involved.  But what is rarely said is that, proportion to population, there are very high rates per 100,000 … Continue reading

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That was then …..how about now? (Part 2)

Retirement The Ageing New Zealanders report pre-dates the Human Rights Act 1993; age was not included as grounds for unlawful discrimination until 1999. In 1982 there was compulsory retirement at age 60 for a large proportion of the workforce, including … Continue reading

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