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The benefits of volunteering in retirement

When was the last time you volunteered to help someone? How did it make you feel? It’s easy to see the positive impact that volunteers have on others, but we don’t often consider how rewarding it can be for the volunteer themselves to reach out and make a difference in someone’s life. Here are five ways volunteering can benefit seniors

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Grandmothers are essential for society

I first came across this hypothesis listening to National Radio, Kim Hill probably, and have since followed it up with some research on the internet – The Grandmother Hypothesis. The idea was posited by G.C. Williams that menopause might be an adaptation that allows older females to redirect their reproductive efforts into increased support of existing offspring – i.e. the

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The Conman Who Came to Stay

“The Conman who Came to Stay”* was the front-page headline that appeared in the Dominion Post last month. A 77 year old on the run from police charmed his way into several women’s lives and houses and although he promised to pay rent, he never did and they were all left out of pocket. There

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International Day of Older Persons

1 October is International Day of Older Persons. Councils in our area took the opportunity to promote a range of activities designed to involve, entertain and amuse our older citizens. One of these was an Older Persons Expo in Hutt City. Age Concern Wellington staff arranged a stand to publicise our services and took the

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Surfing the Net may keep Mind Healthier

In New Zealand Dementia affects some 41,000 people and by 2050 is expected to be nearly 150,000. Mild cognitive impairment is often the first sign that the condition is on the way. A recent study of nearly 2000 over 70’s by the Mayo Clinic in the US looked at how everyday activities could ward of

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Living a Healthy Life with Diabetes – a Juggling Act!

As people get older, their risk of Type 2 diabetes increases. Like other parts of your body your pancreas can get tired and not produce as much insulin, or it can produce too much but it can’t work properly because of too much extra body weight especially around our middles. Instead of the energy from

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Teeth and the Elderly

I recently had a conversation with Denise Hunter, dental hygienist, around dental care and the elderly. I was quite amazed at how different oral hygiene can be for the elderly. As a starter, appointment times need to be different – not too early in the morning, or late in the evening. The dental chair is

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Pacific Island Exercise Group

Every Tuesday morning at 10.30am the main hall of the Pacific Island Church on Daniel Street, Newtown, will be awash with a number of swaying bodies moving to Pacific beats. This is the Pacific Island Exercise group, and it celebrates 17 years this year. The Co-ordinator, Lafulafu – is the “queen” of the group, she

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