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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

Implications of an Ageing Population – the view from 1982

Judith Davey 11/08/2017 In another of my nostalgic moments, trying to winnow down my mountain of paper, I came across notes from a seminar in 1982.  This was a report-back by the New Zealand delegates from the World Assembly in … Continue reading

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Older People and Alcohol in New Zealand

Judith Davey What do we know about alcohol drinking among older New Zealanders? Very little, according to the Health Promotion Association (HPA).[1] The 2012/13 New Zealand Health Survey showed that around 82% of 55 to 64-year-olds, 79% of 65 to 74-year … Continue reading

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The Case for Life-long Education

Judith A. Davey Interest in lifelong education, which was the culminating point of my last blog, is not new. It developed through the 1960s and 1970s with the increasing pace of economic, social and technological change, and the perception that … Continue reading

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Education in an ageing society – why is it important?

Judith A. Davey Looking through my list of blog topics, I notice the absence of education. Yes, there is such a subject as educational gerontology. I was into this a good few years ago now when I co-edited and contributed … Continue reading

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Frailty – what does it mean and how could it be measured?

     Judith Davey 16/06/2017  “Frail” and “frailty” are words often used in relation to very old people. Looking them up in the Shorter Oxford Dictionary gives us “likely to be broken, perishable’ when applied to objects and “weak, liable … Continue reading

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What does Wales have which we do not have? Its initiatives for the wellbeing of older people

Judith Davey  02/06/2017 The population of Wales, at 3.2 million is smaller than NZ’s, but it has a slightly higher proportion of its population aged 65 plus (18% at present), and it has some very interesting initiatives which promote the … Continue reading

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Aged care services – future demand and other conundrums

Judith Davey 19/5/17   What affects the demand for aged care services? Population Trends: The 85 plus age group is growing rapidly. This is where the proportion in residential care is highest and most people living in the community need … Continue reading

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