Reflections

The Ministry for Disabled People could spell the end of an ageist system

The announcement of a new Ministry for Disabled People no doubt came as welcome news to the more than 1 million disabled people in New Zealand – particularly older people, who bear the brunt of the existing two-tier system. Despite older people having significantly higher rates of disability (59 per cent compared to 21 per cent for adults under the age of 65), they are less likely to receive equitable funding and support – and therefore, face poorer health outcomes as a result.

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Tim Carpenter, Encore Publics Voices Fellow, CEO and Founder of EngAGE writes on combatting isolation and loneliness as the pandemic surges on

“My shadow’s the only one that walks beside me.” Green Day, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” I am surrounded by people, I am loved and respected, and yet I often feel lonely. I am about to turn 60, the young side of older adulthood, but I’ve experienced many of the things …

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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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In response: South Island Icon gives his response to IRD refusing cheques

I am anxious and annoyed about, as you concisely put it “Kiwibank’s cessation of cheque usage and the general trend of government departments and various other agencies to force people into the use of digital technology.” I am all for appropriate technology – the bicycle, for example, I regard as …

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How do you define “old age”?

“Age is only a number” But at what age does a person stop getting older and actually become old? When does old age begin? The answer to the above question is very complicated and it differs depending on who you ask, their culture, context, age and sex. This is for instance, illustrated even in …

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How to prepare for your death

Even with the best wills in the world, many people leave behind a mess when they shuffle off this mortal coil. Paul Little explores how to get your affairs in order. You’re dead. What’s the worst that could happen? After all, before you ceased to be, you made a will, …

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Investing in talent

We’re in the care business, and we pride ourselves on our people and their qualifications, skills and attitude. So what we’ve just done may strike you as unusual. If it does I’d like your feedback. We’ve signed up to an agreement called NZ Talent, which says that for a range …

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A Dame not worth a dime?

‘I don’t want to hear my voice, it is in the past… When I’m teaching young singers and hearing beautiful young fresh voices, I don’t want to put my voice next to theirs.’ This was Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, one of New Zealands most celebrated artist’s, announcement of her retirement …

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A Little Bit More Give and Take

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. – Leo Buscaglia Caregivers know this. There is no glory in being a …

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