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VILLAGE LIVING VERSES SOCIAL ISOLATION – IT DOESN’T SEEM LIKE A TOUGH CHOICE

A recent article in The Press highlighted the issue of “social isolation” in the elderly in Christchurch. The article estimated that at least 7000 elderly people in Christchurch are living in chronically lonely conditions where they sometimes don’t see people for days. This issue is not isolated to Christchurch. Depression …

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Village Living

Like many people the idea of living in a village, initially, seemed to me a little, I don’t know – naff? predictable? middle class? And then it’s very easy to focus on the perceived negatives – little privacy, surrounded by ‘old people’, the ‘sameness’ of the houses, no garden… But …

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When I’m 64 (and more!)

Living Village life to the full.   One of the things we know about brain health and memory is that they benefit hugely from us being socially engaged and living a life full of conversation, full of interest, and keeping busy ‘doing’ things. Astonishingly, research studies over the last 20 …

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Village Living

Even though it’s now February, I still want to wish you a very happy new year and hope that 2016 goes well for you and yours. There has been a big focus in the media over the last couple of weeks on the issue of “social isolation” – loneliness, particularly …

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Village Living

Moving into a retirement village is a big decision. Two of our residents at Bupa’s St Kilda Retirement Village in Cambridge share their experiences. Below is Val Easthope’s story. After looking around at several villages in the Waikato, I found St Kilda Retirement Village in Cambridge best for me, the …

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Let’s Do it for the People

We describe RSAs as “organisations at the heart of their community.” They aim to be a part of a force for good, providing support where needed and bringing people together. But what does it mean to be a community in the first place? The dictionary definition says “a group of …

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Friendship and Community

Recently my Nana moved from a small community to the big smoke of Christchurch – well, the outskirts of Christchurch anyway. She grew up not too far from Southbridge, met my Grandad who lived in Southbridge, then went on to raise her 5 kids there. Southbridge holds a special place …

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Friends = Brain Health

We humans are highly social beings. We certainly don’t survive well, let alone thrive, when we are isolated and lonely. Friendships with other people stimulate our brains, and interacting with other people is one of the best kinds of brain exercise you can do!   Research suggests that visiting friends, …

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