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New Zealand ranked world’s ninth happiest country

It has been a tough year to say the least – ‘unprecedented’ seemed to be the global consensus for a year plagued with anxiety, isolation, and disconnection. In New Zealand, we not only had to navigate the Coronavirus and the new uncertain reality it brought – lockdowns, home-working and home-schooling, social bubbles, and mask-wearing – but we were also recovering from the Christchurch Mosque attacks and …

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How are the other half doing?

The Global AgeWatch Index (2015) highlights many of the challenges facing policymakers in a “graying world”, where the population of older people (defined as anyone over 60) is already 868 million and expected to top a billion within 10 years and 2 billion by 2050. Approximately 80 percent of those …

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The benefits of planning ahead

Norway has been preparing for it’s aging population for decades. As a result, Norway is better placed to cope with population ageing than most other countries, in several respects. “It’s a combination of good management of natural resources coupled with planning ahead,” said Gustavo Toshiaki, an economist and global ageing …

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Is Japan the Future?

Japan has the worlds oldest population. One in three Japanese are aged 60 or older which is why it is considered a “hyper-aging” country. This will soon be a world-wide trend with much of Europe, Asia and the USA experiencing an  aging population. Even here in New Zealand we are …

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Connecting the Young and Old

Singapore has been leading the way in regards to social integration of seniors and inter-generational cohesion. Singapore noted that in an ageing society, “conflict could arise between the young and the old. With the increasing number of nuclear families, grandparents have fewer opportunities to interact with their married children and grandchildren. …

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The Welsh way

The Welsh are known for their leeks, daffodils, accents and rugby not so much for their initiatives that promote the wellbeing of their older people – but maybe they should be. While Wales has a smaller population than New Zealand (3.2 million), it does have a higher proportion of older …

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International Day of Older Persons

Sunday 1 October marked this years International Day of Older Persons. The theme of International Day of Older Persons 2017 is “Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society.” This year’s day is about enabling and expanding the contributions of older people in …

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