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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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Celebrating Older Human Rights Champions

The 2018 theme of UNIDOP is “Celebrating Older Human Rights Champions“. What better way to celebrate this Day than by celebrating the older people around the world who dedicate their lives to championing human rights? The 2018 theme aims to: Promote the rights enshrined in the Declaration and what it means …

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Do we need a law change?

We all know that the health system is gearing up to cope with an ageing population, but what about the legal system? There are many laws that specifically affect older people that potentially could do with a review as our society has changed a lot since most of them were …

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