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Ageing in place

Is renting the way of the future?

Dropping home ownership rates have resulted in a larger number of renters. It is not only younger people renting, but older people make up a portion of renters too. Research suggests that rental households between 2013 to 2026 will soar with a 75.9 per cent rise in renters over the …

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Factoring in mobility

According to 2013 data, 50% of females and 40% of males 65 years and older in New Zealand have mobility impairments. This indicates that as we age our mobility declines, and while this is not always true and you an do a number of things to keep mobile, thinking ahead and …

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Can you still cut your toenails?

You wouldn’t think that being able, or unable, to cut our toenails would be the “tipping point” between independence and needing help, but according to research done over the last 20-25 it is. The research conducted by the Newcastle University shows us that as we get older, we lose our …

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Building to meet the needs

Many reports suggest that New Zealand’s housing stock isn’t set up to cope with our ageing population. Earlier this year the Government released it’s housing stock-take report, which shows an additional 2,000 people a year are claiming both an accommodation supplement and superannuation. Why is this? Dropping home ownership rates …

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