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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

University Study in Retirement – What influences people?

Judith A. Davey 22/9/2017 Why would people in their sixties and beyond become university students? Surely work-related motives for study are left behind once people retire? Theories of human ageing can be useful in approaching these questions. Identity Status in … Continue reading

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Older People are working longer – where, what and how?

Judith A. Davey 8/09/17 In a previous blog I talked about how the population may change in future, looking at Statistics New Zealand projections. One important trend is the increased participation of people aged 65 and over in the paid … Continue reading

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Forecasts, estimates, projections and prognostications – how can we look into the future?

Judith Davey 3/7/2017 Statistics New Zealand (SNZ) is clear that it makes projections about the future, not predictions. Its projections are the outcomes of “various combinations of selected assumptions about future change in the dynamics of population change.” We can … Continue reading

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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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