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Aged care sector under pressure

It is all bad news on the Aged Care front for our senior community as more and more of us are looking for late-in-life care options. Not so long ago, building granny flats at the back of our children’s houses was the plan. This moved on from the time when intergenerational...

Grey Power welcomes Aged Care investigation

Grey Power NZ has welcomed the Health Select Committee’s recent announcement that it will undertake an inquiry into Aged Care. Appropriate Aged Care is a significant challenge for many vulnerable older people, and their families. Grey Power are committed to ensuring that our seniors have the dignified care they need as...

Home support provides a crucial service

Many Grey Power members are aware that the Federation supports other organisations to improve conditions for older people and one of these kindred organisations is the E tū union which empowers its members to improve their working lives and advocate for better conditions. Home and Community Support Service carers...

Decade of Healthy Ageing

I was privileged to represent Grey Power at this important Hui held in Auckland on 3 October. The purpose was to support a collaborative approach amongst key organisations to advancing the causes of older people during the UN Decade of Health Ageing. Sponsored by the Selwyn Foundation, together with Age...

2023 AgedAdvisor annual awards: celebrating the stars

The AgedAdvisor annual awards have been held every year for almost a decade now – celebrating the best-of-the-best in aged care and retirement and lifestyle villages across Aotearoa. If you are not very digitally proficient, you may not have visited AgedAdvisor, however you may have completed a review on one...

Regardless of the election result most Kiwis can’t afford premium aged care

If the nearly 40,000 Kiwis living in aged-care facilities all lived in one place the community would be about the size of Gisborne. They would almost qualify for their own electorate and have the right to appoint/elect a member of Parliament. 57 percent of those citizens require high levels...

Legislation needed for safe staffing in aged care

The recent publication of a full-page newspaper advertisement signed by a number of retirement village committees’ extolling the virtues of “licence to occupy” living may, or may not, have been a genuine expression of satisfaction with their living arrangements in their corporate controlled villages. It was not clear who...

The hidden reality of elder abuse

Elder abuse is a growing problem in New Zealand, and its true extent remains poorly understood, says Diane Turner, Director for the Office for Seniors. With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been a surge in elder abuse cases around the world, and New Zealand is no exception. “Lockdowns,...

An RVA view

Retirement villages have been in the news lately, with a lot of misunderstood and factually inaccurate opinion pieces by people who ought to know better. The general thrust of the stories was that residents didn’t understand what they were buying and were somehow stupid for doing so. The residents I...

Earthworks to begin on elder housing redevelopment in Katikati

Despite the cyclone damage suffered throughout the North Island, work has been taking place around the elder housing units on Heron Crescent, Katikati. These works were the first step in the process to redevelop the elder housing village which is now over 40-years-old. When finished, the project led by...
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