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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 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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Population Ageing: Peril or Promise – Let’s be positive

May 8th 2017 We all know that people are living longer and healthier, but the ageing of the population often tends to be viewed in negative terms, calling it a “burden”, even a “tsunami.” I may have used it before … Continue reading

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Is age-friendliness for everyone? Or just for older people?

Judith Davey 21/04/2017 “towards a society for all ages” This was the slogan for the United Nations’ International Year of Older Persons in 1999. But if you google anything about the year, not to mention “age-friendliness,” the photos you see … Continue reading

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NORCs- what are they and how can they be useful?

Judith Davey 07/04/17 I tell people that I live in a NORC, but it looks just like a high-rise apartment building. It might not strictly fit the definition of a NORC, but it is a good conversation-opener. A naturally occurring … Continue reading

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A Wider Range of Housing Choices needed for Older People- Examples from overseas

Judith Davey 24/3/17 Housing plays a variety of roles in the lives and wellbeing of older people. Inadequate living conditions lead to increased stress levels, social isolation, poor health and a higher risk of illness and injury.  Older people need … Continue reading

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Age friendliness in action – practical assistance for older people in New York City

Judith Davey 27/2/17 It is hard to imagine that any city in New Zealand could learn from New York, USA. Its population is over 20 million, five times that of the whole of this country. But it provides some great … Continue reading

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