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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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How do you define “old age”?

“Age is only a number” But at what age does a person stop getting older and actually become old? When does old age begin? The answer to the above question is very complicated and it differs depending on who you ask, their culture, context, age and sex. This is for instance, illustrated even in …

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A Dame not worth a dime?

‘I don’t want to hear my voice, it is in the past… When I’m teaching young singers and hearing beautiful young fresh voices, I don’t want to put my voice next to theirs.’ This was Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, one of New Zealands most celebrated artist’s, announcement of her retirement …

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Ageism holds back half of older Kiwis

International Day of Older Persons is on Sunday October 1st. It’s a chance to celebrate the contribution that older people make, bringing their wisdom and experience to the work place and as caregivers and volunteers in the community.  But sadly, in New Zealand, many older people don’t feel valued members …

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Mind your language!

We really should reconsider some of the words we use to describe older people. While it seems like huge sensitivity is taken with terminology relating to race and gender, it seems to remain “open season” for attitudes and descriptions related to ageing. Don’t believe me? Just look at the synonyms given …

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