Category Archives: Policy, research, legal issues and statistics

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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Ageing and Policy – how have attitudes changed?

Judith Davey For 24/2/17 The book which is taking up a lot of my attention at the moment – Age-Friendly Cities and Communities in International Comparison – has a sub-title – Political Lessons, Scientific Avenues, and Democratic Issues. In the … Continue reading

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New policy statement on the health of older people – the “Healthy Ageing Strategy”

Judith Davey 27/01/17 Drafts of the Health of Older People Strategy, an update of the 2002 document, have been around for a while and there have been numerous consultation initiatives, which you may have heard of. Fairly late in the … Continue reading

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Have changes to auditing improved the wellbeing of rest home residents?

Judith Davey This is a difficult question. How to measure wellbeing and quality of care? And, if we can identify indicators, how can we link wellbeing to the audit process? There is bound to be subjectivity, as I concluded in … Continue reading

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Should the age of eligibility for superannuation be raised?

Judith Davey July 2016 This year you have a chance to put your views forward. Under the Superannuation and Retirement Income Act 2001, the Retirement Commissioner[1] is required to review retirement income policies every three years. 2016 is one of those … Continue reading

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We always knew that older people were valuable – but can they help combat climate change?

By Judith Davey We are often having to defend the value of older people against accusations that they are a “burden” on society – costing too much for pensions and health care and so on. So I was intrigued and … Continue reading

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A New Tool for Assessing Need

InterRAI stands for “International Resident Assessment Instrument” and is a non-profit organisation in over 35 countries, in which health professionals and researchers collaborate to promote evidence-based practice in health care.1 New Zealand is the first country in the world to … Continue reading

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