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Digital Drop off – the phenomenon that we should be talking about

Research argues that the number of internet users over 65 years old is on the rise and has been for some time.  This is used by many to justify committing to digital policy and the online world, even for services for older people. Research published by StatsNZ in 2012 shows …

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Why does Elder Abuse occur?

Elder abuse is a global problem. It is difficult to know exactly how common elder abuse is, as most goes unreported. All types of elder abuse can happen in people’s own homes, when staying with others or while being in a range of community or residential facilities. So how can …

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Looking after your money

Financial abuse is the inappropriate, illegal or improper exploitation of the funds or property of the older person. This may be without the older person’s conset or if consent is given, it may be under pressure. Threats may be made, or PIN number of bank cards demanded; family/whanau members may …

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Time to test your trust

New Zealanders love trusts. In fact, we have one of the highest numbers of trusts per capita in the world. But it’s a love affair that is soon to be tested with the arrival of a new Trusts Bill. The new Bill will more clearly set out the rules of …

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Looking after your finances – When should you get professional help?

The financial world is increasingly complex and as we age we will come across new situations that we may not be ready for, including: changes to how we access our money; where it’s held and how we can use it; changing technology; emerging financial concepts and yet to be identified …

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Funeral Trusts

People may know that they are entitled to have funds set aside for a pre-paid funeral. What many people may not be aware of are the different options that exist and the amount that each person is allowed to set aside for their funeral which will not be included in …

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