Health & Wellbeing

Is the key to longer life work?

Don’t retire, said this Japanese longevity expert. And if you must, do it well after the age of 65. The late Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara. Credit: Japan Society Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara, chairman of St. Luke’s International University and president of St. Luke’s International Hospital, followed his own advice too – until …

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Incapacity & the Elderly Trustee

As a nation, our population is aging.  Alongside this is an increase in the number of people who can no longer continue to manage their own affairs due to mental incapacity. Where the incapacitated person is the Trustee of a family or discretionary trust that can make the administration of …

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Exercise – good for your brain?

Previous studies have already suggested that aerobic exercise has a major impact on brain health. We all know that Aerobic exercise help to reduce levels of the body’s natural stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol, making you feel more relaxed. But there’s growing evidence that brains thrive on regular …

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Mental Health Awareness Week

This year’s theme for Mental Health Awareness Week theme is “Nature is Key” It is estimated that over 20% of adults aged 60 and over suffer from a mental or neurological disorder. 6.6% of all disability among over 60s are attributed to neurological and mental disorders. The most common neuropsychiatric …

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It’s Biology!

Have you ever wondered why some of us are are annually seized by a sudden urge to air out the house, banish dust, organize wardrobes, clean out cabinets, scrub floors, wash windows and organize our garages etc as soon as spring comes? Is it because suddenly there is an overload …

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Mind your language!

We really should reconsider some of the words we use to describe older people. While it seems like huge sensitivity is taken with terminology relating to race and gender, it seems to remain “open season” for attitudes and descriptions related to ageing. Don’t believe me? Just look at the synonyms given …

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Keeping your house warm

Keeping your home warm and dry is essential to remain as healthy as possible this winter. Low temperatures increase the risk of flu and other respiratory problems and can raise blood pressure. Blood pressure takes longer to return to normal in older people after being out in the cold and …

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Beating those Winter Blues

Winter weather can take a toll on everyone, especially older adults. Because it can be difficult and dangerous to get around, many older adults may have less contact with others during cold months. This can add to feelings of loneliness and isolation. To help avoid these issues, there is a …

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Reducing the risk of falls this winter

Icy, snowy roads and paths make it easy to slip and fall. Unfortunately, falls are more of a common occurrence during the winter months. A fall can be life-changing for an older person, impacting on their independence and wellbeing, with implications for their family or whānau and significant others. We …

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Preserving end-of-life tikanga

A recent New Zealand palliative care needs assessment concluded that approximately three quarters of people die an expected death from an existing chronic condition and would benefit from palliative care. It also highlighted that, because of health disparities, Māori are more likely to die with palliative care needs than the …

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