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Home Invasion – Keeping Yourself Safe at Home

Though rare, home invasions unfortunately do happen from time to time. A recent incident in Karori occurred when the house occupant opened his front door and three masked people charged in, stole from him, and hurt the man. There’s no need to be afraid, but there are a few steps you can take to protect

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Covid-19 and Mental Wellbeing

In a way, the pandemic seems like a distant reality. We hear on the news how various countries battle the coronavirus, while others are in lockdown. We feel privileged and sheltered perhaps. That is, until a case slips through our border and the reality of the pandemic comes crashing into our world. The effect on

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What Are We Saving For?

What Are We Saving For? Using Assets in Retirement The purpose of this article is to stimulate discussion around finances in retirement. It is not meant to be financial advice, nor should it be taken as such. We recommend you seek advice from a professional before making any major financial decisions. Throughout our lives we

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Older People – Valuable Contributors in Families

We hear a lot about families caring (or not caring) for their older members. What should their responsibilities be? Do some cultures do it better than others? This is an important topic and important questions, but they concern only one aspect of the part which older people play in families. They are not just “receivers”;

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The Changing Shape of Families

The ageing of New Zealand society is a well-recognised fact. By 2031, not much more than ten years away, Statistics New Zealand predict that people aged 65 plus will represent one-fifth of the population.   We have heard a lot about what this will mean for income support, care and specialised housing. We hear less

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Covid-19 – How Have Older People Been Affected?

When the New Zealand Government began to take steps to reduce the impact of Covid-19, people aged 70 and over were singled out as the group most vulnerable. From March 21, 2020 all people in this age group were required to remain at home except for brief exercise breaks. This policy affected more than half

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Improving Sleep

By the time we’re 65, we have slept about 22 years. However, 20 – 30% of older New Zealanders report a sleep problem. Age Concern Wellington has partnered with Dr Rosie Gibson, from the Sleep-Wake Research Centre and Massey University, to offer a series of sleep presentations in the Wellington Region. A recent presentation was

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Coffee Groups Allow Open Discussion

As part of Age Concern Wellington’s Connect Programmes, regular coffee groups take place in Wellington City Council social housing complexes. These coffee groups are held in partnership with Wellington City Council, and their support is invaluable. Recently, over a dozen people gathered to chat over a warm drink. Despite their different ages and varied backgrounds,

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Your Will

Your Will  A Will allows you to set out how you want your assets to be dealt with after your death. Anyone of sound mind who is over 18 years can make a Will. Section 11 of the Wills Act 2007 (the Act) provides the rules around how a Will must signed and witnessed.  With

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How to Safely Install Mobile Apps

Welcome to all, my name is Roy and I have been working in the computer world for many years. I have been asked to put together a brief introduction to installing applications (Apps) on your phone or tablet. If you have any questions regarding the information below – please contact me by email at help@FixedIT.nz

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Online Sleep Presentation – Questions?

Dr Rosie Gibson is a Researcher at the Sleep/Wake Research Centre (Massey University) where she studies sleep changes with ageing and its relationship to health and wellbeing. She is joining Age Concern Wellington to record a short online presentation, giving an overview of sleep, common disruptions and some tips for looking after sleep during the

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