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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...

Can retirement villages assist healthy ageing?

One of the conundrums of healthy ageing is the assumption that your current home is the best place to stay, if you’re able. However, the reality is that many homes aren’t adequate environments for healthy ageing. Loneliness is also one of the most commonly reported issues for retirees living...

Inflation hurting retirees on fixed incomes

In June 2022 the Massey University Fin-Ed Centre released its Annual Update to the New Zealand Retirement Expenditure Guidelines. The Centre aims to empower New Zealanders to make more financially savvy decisions – giving people the tools they need for the life-long process of managing their finances. The New Zealand...

Retirement villages sector launches reform

New Zealand’s retirement village sector has unveiled major changes to the way the industry operates in the most significant voluntary reforms to the industry since legislation was passed in 2003. According to a press statement by the Retirement Villages Association (RVA), among the key changes is a requirement that operators...
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