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Eve Williams

Eve Williams is the Content Developer and Social Media Administration for Eldernet. She is currently studying towards her Masters at the University of Canterbury. She has a passion for learning new things.

Could gardens help improve resident’s mental health?

There is something just inherently good about getting out in nature. This is why green spaces and natural environments within neighbourhoods and residential built are essential for the health and well-being of older adults. Firstly, they can provide older adults with an opportunity to be active physically and socially. Secondly, …

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Spotlight: Intergenerational fun at Hillsborough Heights

A resthome in central Auckland is changing the lives of seniors and students alike. Hillsborough Heights Retirement Village in Mt Roskill is bringing seniors and students together as part of an intergenerational friendship program. The resthome hosts activities that match up young people, ranging from 3 years old to secondary school students, with residents at Hillsborough Heights. The …

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Combating loneliness

Withdrawing from society isn’t a natural part of ageing unless you choose it. We are social creatures. We like to spend time together, talking, laughing and sometimes crying. But there are times in life where interaction becomes minimal. Everyone experiences loneliness at one time or another, and these feelings usually …

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Keeping your feet healthy

For many people, summertime means wearing summer sandals or jandals. But what if your toes had a fungal nail infection? Yikes! Don’t think you would suffer from it? Think again –  it’s estimated 1 in 4 Kiwis over 60 have suffered from a fungal nail infection in the last 12 …

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Spotlight: Knitting for a good cause

The four strong group of Parahaki Court Rest Home’s knitting group visited the maternity ward at Whangarei Hospital armed with 12 teddy bears, 12 blankets and 20 sets of cardigans, beanies and booties. The women get together every second Tuesday for around 90 minutes. After initially starting the group to …

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Courtesy the Key with Mobility Scooters

This information was kindly put together by Senior Constable Aaron Smith, South Dunedin Neighbourhood Policing Team. With our aging population and the need for independence for those unable to take a walk down to the shops, there is an ever increasing number of people using mobility scooters. Many of us …

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Get out in the garden – It’s good for you!

Gardening is good for the body and the mind. Research shows that getting into the garden can reduces stress, lift your mood and burn calories. Dr Keith Hammett, President of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, believes gardening is more important than ever and not just for feeding ourselves but …

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Spotlight: New Ambulance for Tauranga

Tauranga St John has a new ambulance thanks to a generous donation from Althorp Village. Althorp Village directors David Church and Talbot Munro yesterday attended a dedication service for the $225,000 ambulance at the village with village residents and representatives from St John. Mr Church said that when they considered …

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Good news for those who love to read!

Reading this is good for your health – seriously! Robert Wilson, a professor of neurological sciences at Chicago’s Rush University, has been looking at the effects of reading on the human brain. His research is based on longitudinal studies in elderly people, measuring their memory and thinking. “We discovered early …

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Spotlight: Christmas Village magic

Raewyn Mehrtens, the nurse manager at Temuka’s Wallingford Home, has set up a Christmas village that will wow in the home’s lounge. The massive display, including model Christmas homes, trains and fair ground attractions, will be open to the public every day from 6pm to 9pm, from the 20th December through …

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