Category Archives: Health and Wellbeing

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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Retirement – how has it changed?

Judith Davey 6/12/16 Going through my paper mountain recently, in the interests of decluttering, I found a free newsletter called “Women Today”, dated April 1977. Apart from the presentation – clearly back in the Gestetner age, when copies were churned … Continue reading

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Valuing People- Living Well – thoughts from the Council of Christian Social Services Conference

The New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) represents services for older people provided by six churches – Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist and Salvation Army. These deliver social services at over 500 sites throughout the country – not … Continue reading

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What can lead to disadvantage for older people?

Previously I quoted research that showed a comparatively low proportion of older people in New Zealand can be said to live in poverty. But, however small the numbers, we should still be concerned about them. What are the factors which … Continue reading

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Are older people disadvantaged?

We often hear claims for higher levels of support for older people in New Zealand, for special concessions and special services. And there are quite a lot of these already, ranging through the SuperGold Card public transport concessions, residential care … Continue reading

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Living alone – what makes you get out of bed in the morning?

The researchers aimed to find out what gave life meaning for older people living alone – what made it worthwhile to get up in the morning? They concluded that what was needed was a sense of purpose or motivation and … Continue reading

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Living Alone – a lifestyle for older people

  “Living alone has been defined as pathological by sociologists, associating it with social isolation, psychiatric disorder and antisocial behaviour (I have the references if anyone wants evidence). But a high proportion of older people live alone and the numbers … Continue reading

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