Health & Wellbeing

7 steps to managing financial stress

Financial stress can be the result of rising debt, a job loss, insufficient earnings, high living costs or even money troubles in your relationship. Whatever the circumstances, being worried about money takes a mental and physical toll, plus it can strain relations with your significant other, family, workmates and friends. …

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Feedback sought on code covering 111 service

The Commerce Commission wants feedback on proposed rules that require home phone providers to support customers on new technologies in the event of a power cut. This is called the 111 contact code. The commission, whose duties include being New Zealand’s telecommunications regulator, is particularly interested to hear from those …

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Debate on health sector changes needs full Simpson Report

Fundamental change is coming for the health sector. Combine the critique of the current model from the Health and Disability System Review panel with the huge sums of money in the Budget for Vote: Health and that much is clear. That there already was a Health and Disability System Review …

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Aged care expert warns families to ‘think like Bloomfield’

Now that we’re in Level 2 and breaking our bubbles, aged care expert Miranda Smith of private homecare agency Miranda Smith Homecare is urging all Kiwis with a vulnerable older person in their family or whanau to take a close look at their hygiene practices. Building an infection prevention plan …

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10 ways to boost fibre

With retail still subject to COVID-19 restrictions, you may find you are eating more processed and refined foods and less fibre. Fibre helps prevent constipation, gives you the best chance of having a regular, comfortable bowel habit and is a great ‘food’ for the microorganisms in our gut, keeping the …

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How to keep your legs healthy

1. Keep your weight down Obesity is linked with osteoarthritis (loss of cartilage in the joints), which commonly affects knees and hips. Carrying too much weight can also lead to varicose veins. Varicose veins are not life-threatening but they look unsightly and can be painful. 2. Walk Exercise is very …

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Age brings perspective to COVID-19 challenge

Older people, particularly those with underlying health conditions, were initially thought to be more susceptible to COVID-19, but in many ways older people and retirees may be better equipped psychologically to cope with this very strange time we find ourselves in. Older people have the experience of retirement to draw …

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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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