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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.

Bridging the age gap with fun and board games

If you thought the likes of Monopoly and Snakes & Ladders belonged to a certain generation, think again. Mount Maunganui Primary School recently visited Arena Living’s Ocean Shores retirement village, and it was the love of a classic board game that brought the generations spanning 86 years together.   “The …

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119 years of the New Zealand Pension

New Zealand Superannuation has been a hotly debated topic in recent years. Our ageing population has put into question how New Zealand is going to afford to look after its older people, if we can at all? How have we gotten to this point – let’s take a look: 1890s …

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How are the other half doing?

The Global AgeWatch Index (2015) highlights many of the challenges facing policymakers in a “graying world”, where the population of older people (defined as anyone over 60) is already 868 million and expected to top a billion within 10 years and 2 billion by 2050. Approximately 80 percent of those …

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The benefits of planning ahead

Norway has been preparing for it’s aging population for decades. As a result, Norway is better placed to cope with population ageing than most other countries, in several respects. “It’s a combination of good management of natural resources coupled with planning ahead,” said Gustavo Toshiaki, an economist and global ageing …

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Is Japan the Future?

Japan has the worlds oldest population. One in three Japanese are aged 60 or older which is why it is considered a “hyper-aging” country. This will soon be a world-wide trend with much of Europe, Asia and the USA experiencing an  aging population. Even here in New Zealand we are …

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A Dame not worth a dime?

‘I don’t want to hear my voice, it is in the past… When I’m teaching young singers and hearing beautiful young fresh voices, I don’t want to put my voice next to theirs.’ This was Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, one of New Zealands most celebrated artist’s, announcement of her retirement …

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Changing the look of Aged Care

An Australian design firm ThomsonAdsett has just been ranked the No. 1 architect in the world for ‘Elderly Living’ by UK magazine Building Design. Their latest World Architecture 100 survey, which covers 1,400 practices around the world, also named ThomsonAdsett as ‘One to Watch’ for 2018. Headed by Chris Straw and David Lane, …

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Exercise – good for your brain?

Previous studies have already suggested that aerobic exercise has a major impact on brain health. We all know that Aerobic exercise help to reduce levels of the body’s natural stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol, making you feel more relaxed. But there’s growing evidence that brains thrive on regular …

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Connecting the Young and Old

Singapore has been leading the way in regards to social integration of seniors and inter-generational cohesion. Singapore noted that in an ageing society, “conflict could arise between the young and the old. With the increasing number of nuclear families, grandparents have fewer opportunities to interact with their married children and grandchildren. …

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