Category Archives: Housing and community environment

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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Friendly urban neighbourhoods for people with dementia – and others

Judith Davey For 10/2/17 I have been doing some work lately on Age-Friendly Cities and Communities.  A sub-set of these are dementia-friendly environments. We have all heard about the likely increase in numbers of people with dementia as our population … Continue reading

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Housing the Baby Boomers – Looking to the future

A recent report by the Salvation Army drew attention to the situation of older people, specifically the “baby boom” generation, who are entering retirement as renters 1. The overall title Homeless Baby Boomers seems rather dramatic. The report is not … Continue reading

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A New Look at Retirement

If you look up the work “retirement” in a dictionary you will find – to withdraw, go away, retreat, become unsociable, seek seclusion from the world. Is this how we view our later life? Not me, for one. This definition … Continue reading

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