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Safety First – House Maintenance

We love our DIYing! There is not much New Zealander’s wont ‘give a go’ first and this especially is true when it comes to house maintenance (read more about our DIY attitude here). However there are a few things that should be considered before starting. It is important to take note …

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Looking after the exterior

In our last gazette article we talked about the importance of decluttering and keeping the house clean, but what about the exterior? Whether you have a quarter-acre section or a small patio there are important things to do to make sure the exterior of your house and section are well …

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Declutter your life!

Keeping your house clean and uncluttered is important for remaining independent. Uncluttering and cleaning can help reduce the risk of the things that usually result in people needing a higher level of care i.e. falls. Reducing clutter opens up spaces which reduces the possibility to make sure that you are …

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Keeping your gardening manageable

As we already know, gardening is good for us both mentally and physically (read more about this here). However what happens when our mobility gets in the way of keeping our garden under control? The toughest call any gardener will face is acknowledging when it’s time to do less, either …

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Getting Help for Home Maintenance

The home is where the family comes together to experience security, shelter and safety. Because we spend more than 50 percent of our lives indoors, it is important to make sure we have a healthy home in which to live. Keeping your house well maintained is imperative not only for …

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Improving the way we care for older people

There’s been some agitated discussion on talkback recently about aged care services. I know, talkback is where some people get paid well to make other people angry – but it serves a purpose. Examples of abuse were mentioned, and residential care facilities took a hammering. The host did acknowledge that …

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How can we make aged care inclusive in New Zealand?

Immigrants have played a significant role in shaping the cultural landscape of New Zealand. From the early indigenous Maori, to the European colonizers, Chinese gold-miners, and later waves of Asian and Polynesian migrants having brought with them their own beliefs and attitudes that shape their perception of their adopted nation. …

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Explaining the Jargon

The reality is that there is a huge variety of options available that meet the diverse requirements for an older generation which is increasingly wanting to remain independent in their later years. If you have never had to previously think about “the next step”, chances are you might find it …

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The new population of renters

In recent years there has been an increasing number of older adults needing rental accommodation in New Zealand. A new study by the Population Ageing Technical Advisory Group has found the country’s housing stock is ill-prepared to deal with a growing number of older tenants.  The Bay of Plenty case …

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