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Superannuation age to gradually rise toward 67 starting in 20 years time

Prime Minister Bill English has made the announcement – the retirement age is raising from 65 to 67. There had been rumblings about it ever since John “I will quit as prime minister before raising the retirement age” Key stepped down at the end of last year. It came as no …

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Champion for the Arts wins Metlifecare’s Senior New Zealander of the Year

Former New Zealand Festival executive director Sue Paterson was last night crowned Metlifecare Senior New Zealander of the Year at a prestigious gala night in Auckland. In front of Prime Minister Bill English and other dignitaries, Paterson from Wellington was recognised for her 40 years of service to arts and …

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Print and its place

The internet is an amazing thing, there is no where else that you can go from watching videos of puppies, to booking your next trip, to researching something for work (which may or may not have been the exact course I took before writing this). There is so much information …

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Educating for the Job Market

The news seems to be full of negative stories about the rates of unemployment and how competitive the job market is for both unskilled and skilled individuals. My question is, why aren’t secondary and tertiary educators steering people into care related jobs seeing that there is an increasing need for …

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Linking the young and old

Throughout history, intergenerational cooperation and learning has been a fundamental part of many communities and cultures. Somewhere along the way we moved away from that model. Family members began living further apart from each other; therefore, they lost their natural intergenerational composition. Society as a whole has also become more …

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Keeping communities together

Before I began to write this article, I had just come off the phone with a woman who was concerned for her mother-in-law. After visiting her mother-in-law over the holiday period so that she could meet her new grandchild, her mother-in-law had been calling her multiple times every day since …

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Untapped potential in the workplace

It is rare that you would be able to get a job these days without having any prior experience. It is odd to think then that the most ‘experienced’ worker’s in our society find it difficult to get a job. The current job market just does not support older adults …

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