Tag Archives: ageism

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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Q&A: CAB’s Sacha Green on digital exclusion

Sacha Green, author of the Citizens Advice Bureau report on digital exclusion, tells Eldernet just how big the problem is and how we all can help to ensure no one gets left behind in the online rush. _____________________________________ As part of its campaign against digital exclusion, CAB has launched a …

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Supporting older people to remain in the workforce – should we be following Japan?

The ageing of Japan, indeed of any country, is invariably presented in negative terms. Unlike in Japan where older people command a respect born of Confucian tradition, in much of the west older people tend to be marginalised and treated as unproductive members of society. 25 per cent of Japan’s …

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Elderhood – do we have it? Where has it gone?

Elderhood is said to be one of the 3 main developmental stages of human life. Childhood is the first stage. Adulthood is the second major stage of human life. Elderhood is the third. Dr. Bill Thomas in his book, Second Wind, explores this stage. He states this stage is when accomplishments and …

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Voluntary or Pro bono? The importance of language in valuing older people’s contributions

Reframing our words and concepts is important, especially in the fight against ageism. Ageism is particularly apparent and pervasive in the language we use in western society and it seems to be one of the remaining ‘isms’ people don’t feel embarrassed to express in public. It’s everywhere. We even hear …

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What is a silver economy?

Older adults are increasingly shaping economies all over the world. Tapping into the “silver market”, engaging the over 65s as consumers, offers great opportunities. Property developers, car makers, technology companies, financial services firms and the pharmaceutical industry are all cashing in on the silver dollar and are tailoring their offerings accordingly. …

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