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Explore new volunteer opportunities

When we think of the benefits of volunteering, the first thing that comes to mind is the impact of the volunteer activities on the health of the community and those being served. However, more and more research is demonstrating that we can get as much out of volunteering as the …

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Update of ID options for older people

There has been an update to our story : What are your ID options with Hospitality New Zealand revamping and re-branding their 18+ Card to the “Kiwi Access Card”. The Kiwi Access Card was developed after consultation with agencies such as the Department of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Social Development, Office …

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Celebrate your consumer power

With Christmas fast approaching, and most of our tendencies to do a bit of over-spend I thought it was a good time to highlight the growing power of the “Silver Dollar”, and why retailers should be thinking of ways to make the shopping experience easier for older people. In 2011, …

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Connecting this Christmas

Christmas is a time when many family and friends will get together to celebrate and socialize. It is important then to take a moment and think about and to reach out to those in our communities who may not have this experience this year. As we age people will experience …

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Are changes in banking making it harder for older people to access and protect their money?

There has been a number of changes to banking practices in New Zealand in the last few years. This article aims to highlight two in particular, the closure of local bank branches and changes in the code of banking practices, and examine the affect these changes have on older people. …

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Championing Older People’s Welfare and Rights: Age Concern

Age Concern has advocated for older people’s rights and welfare in some regions for over 60 years and nationally for over 40 years. In February 1972, the National Old People’s Welfare Council was incorporated, officially becoming Age Concern New Zealand in 1991. Over this time Age Concern has done some …

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Celebrating Champions

With our society ageing and becoming more diverse, having prominent New Zealanders advocating for older people has never been more important. SuperSeniors is run by the Office for Seniors. It is a gateway to information on government services for anyone aged 65+. They have complied a list of what they call …

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Our first age-friendly city!

Hamilton is the 600th city to join the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities. It is a big achievement for the city, with Hamilton the first New Zealand city to be accepted. Hamilton has had a long term interest in the voice of older people …

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How does New Zealand protect the Human Rights of our older people?

Seeing that this years theme of the UN’s International Day of Older Person is  “Celebrating Older Human Rights Champions“ I thought we should explore how New Zealand as a country is protecting and promoting the rights of our older people. In 2015, AgeWatch index named New Zealand the 12th best country for …

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