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Enter the Puffin* – A new pedestrian crossing

Judith Davey 24/08/2018 One of the major concerns for older pedestrians in urban areas is the time allowed for crossing roads at traffic lights. I suffer from this myself. Unless I am standing waiting at the kerb for the “green … Continue reading

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Older People and Drugs – legal and illegal 2. Legal drug use and its consequences

Judith Davey 27/07/2018 Alcohol I did not mention alcohol in my previous post on drugs. I looked at this in a blog about a year ago, quoting the 2012/13 New Zealand Health Survey (Older People and Alcohol in New Zealand, July … Continue reading

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Older People and Drugs – legal and illegal 1. Illicit drug use and its consequences

Judith Davey 13/07/2018 It is well known that how we live our lives has a profound effect on how well we age and our wellbeing in later life. It is not just a case of what we do when we … Continue reading

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Inaccessible packaging can threaten composure and life itself

Judith Davey 7/05/18 Reading through “Joint Support”, the Arthritis New Zealand newsletter, recently (March 2018), I came upon an article about a packaging survey initiated by the organisation. Although this was aimed at people of all ages who have arthritis, … Continue reading

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InterRAI – progress and a farewell

Judith A, Davey 15/12/17 One of my blogs in May 2016 was entitled “A new tool for assessing need” and talked about interRAI assessments for aged care services which have been recently introduced into New Zealand. This is something of … Continue reading

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Pre-funerals – withdrawal from life or a celebration of positive ageing?

Judith Davey 16/11/17 Is long life a good thing or not? Human beings seem to be ambivalent. Over history and throughout the world, people have shown respect and support to eminent people by shouting “Long live……..”. In the Old Testament, … 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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