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Caring rather than curing – the role of the hospice movement

Although the hospice movement does not cater solely for older people, with an ageing population and the fact that deaths are concentrated in the older age groups, its activities are very relevant to the wellbeing of older people and positive … Continue reading

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Some innovative ideas about Dementia

No, nothing about a miracle cure, just some good ideas about how we may be able to cope with the growing challenge of dementia (until a cure emerges). The majority of recommended interventions for people with dementia are certainly pharmacological, … Continue reading

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How many conditions – and how to manage them?

We ask people regularly – “How are you?” – but generally do not expect a recitation of numerous health problems in reply. But when speaking to an older person, the recitation could be long. Increasing survival into old age is … Continue reading

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Intergenerational conflict – is it inevitable?

The world has woken up to population ageing as a major issue, but it still tends to be seen as something negative. Terms such as ‘age-quake’, “cataclysm”, “threat, ‘burden’ and ‘grey tsunami’ are bandied about. One journalist said: The ramifications … Continue reading

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Home ownership as a status symbol for older people

When social researchers and policy people want to examine trends in their relevant populations they often “dissagregate”, that is separate out groups of people by their characteristics. Thus, we are used to totals by gender, by ethnicity, by age and … Continue reading

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Older People and Kiwi Saver

2019 Review of Retirement Income Policy The review’s terms of reference make several references to KiwiSaver. Given the growing number of older people and longer lives, KiwiSaver is (and will be) an important part of retirement income plans. The review … Continue reading

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How can local authorities help older people with housing costs?

Two reports, one from the Productivity Commission and one from Local Government New Zealand, have recently looked at the functions of local government and how these might change to become more efficient and responsive to local needs[1]. This is an … Continue reading

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