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How to Make Friends When You are Old

A poem on friendship and ageing, by Rachel McAlpine And why. But you know why. You get comfy cosy in your huddle your bubble of old friends and then it pops, they move away or die and you shut yourself away forgetting there are other people not your darling gone friends but people and you

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Changes to Banking Services

The way we’re banking is changing. That’s mostly because banks are phasing out cheques and closing some branches. The banks are encouraging us to bank online or use their mobile phone banking apps. That’s not great news for some of us who cannot, or prefer not to, change the way we’ve always done things. The

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No Need to Miss Out on Walking

Are you starting to feel your walking days are coming to an end? Do you worry that your age/disabilities are discouraging you from enjoying our lovely waterfront or Wellington’s interesting attractions? Well, with Age Concern Wellington Region’s Companion Walking Service, there is no need to be missing out. The Companion Walking Service aims to improve

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Win-Win

Mary* is 85, little, friendly and active. When I joined Age Concern Wellington Region’s Companion Walking Service, I looked forward to walking weekly with her. We live in the same suburb. But after a couple of walks near her rest home and dozens of repetitions of how she was born, schooled and lived all her

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Psychological First Aid

Psychological First Aid It is now well recognised that traumatic events like floods, earthquakes, and pandemics have an ongoing effect on mental health. It is important to not only look at rebuilding the physical foundations of a community but also healing mental well-being. In recent years there have been many programmes initiated internationally to formulate

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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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