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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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Seniors and Phasing Out Cheques in New Zealand

Although some banks still accept cheques, NZ banks and government organisations are slowly phasing them out. As of 28 February 2020 Kiwibank and NZ post will no longer accept or issue cheques, and as of 01 March 2020, ACC and Inland Revenue also no longer issue or accept cheques. In May 2020, BNZ announced they

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Working After 65

According to Stats NZ, “the proportion of  the population aged 65+ employed has steadily risen from 11.4% in 2001 to 16.8% in 2006 and 22.1% in 2013”. There is no official retirement age in New Zealand, although eligibility for NZ Superannuation begins at 65. Money doesn’t seem to be the main motivator to keep working

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Ready for an Emergency?

Are our older people prepared for an emergency?  A survey of older people using Age Concern Wellington’s Accredited Visitor service.  Long before we’d heard about Covid-19, Age Concern Wellington ran an emergency preparedness survey: we asked many seniors how well prepared they are for an emergency. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the survey results

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