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Befriending services: when and how do they help?

Janine led our latest paper from our Ageing Well project exploring ways to alleviate loneliness among diverse cultural groups. It helps fill a gap in current understanding about whether befriending services influence older peoples’ experiences of social isolation and loneliness, and if so, how We explored older adults’ experiences of, and attitudes …

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Generus Living Short Story Competition

Seems there’s a lot of talented writers out there – 172 of you entered the Generus Living Short Story Competition run by the Retirement Villages Association, and the high quality of entries led the judge, Whitcoulls’ Joan McKenzie, to announce a ‘top 10’ of winners. There were three broad topics …

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Older Kiwis – Please ask for help and stay connected

Age Concern New Zealand want to make sure all older people are supported through the Covid-19 pandemic. During a time of uncertainty and social distancing it is normal to feel distressed and experience symptoms of stress. Age Concerns are here to help you. Age Concerns are based in 40 locations …

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Retirement village residents keep connected in a virtual village

As we know, it is important now more than ever to keep connected with one another and while many believe the digital world is a foreign place for over 70s, Metlifecare is bringing its residents into the digital age to combat social isolation. Metlifecare has launched its new online activities …

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What you need to know about COVID-19

With so much information around COVID-19 at the moment it is advisable to make sure you get accurate up to date information.  Here’s the link to the government’s COVID-19 site.  This website tells you everything you need to know on a variety of topics including self-isolation, essential businesses and financial …

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Is loneliness our future?

It is concerning to hear how often older people say they feel lonely or are isolated. Terms such as a ‘loneliness epidemic’ have emerged in recent years to describe the rising number of people feeling lonely in our communities. How can we then turn the tide on this to ensure …

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Interdependence vs independence: the value of keeping connected

Feeling not connected to other people and/or feeling lonely can become problematic as we get older. Feeling lonely is different from living alone, where you might still be connected with your community. These feelings may be due to a number of factors e.g. loss of someone close, moving house, loss …

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