SeniorWatch. Includes the stories in the media about older people and ageing issues.
Government spending increases for some services for older people will help, but do not go far enough, according to Age Concern New Zealand.
National president Evelyn Weir said there is nothing new for elder abuse and neglect prevention or addressing social isolation - both widespread issues which Age Concern works to address through its services in communities throughout the country.
The Minister for Senior Citizens is consulting the public on whether the 2008 law changes to the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act (PPPR) with regards to enduring powers of attorney (EPA) are working, and if further changes are needed.
At Age Concern we encourage people to reflect on the positive side of ageing and to share their thoughts with us. Here's Age Concern New Zealand Board member, Peter Oettli, on the joys of being older:
"Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front seat as spectator." - Confucius
High-speed captioned telephone calls for the Hearing Impaired are set to be available from March 2013, and as Chris Peters writes they will make a big difference for those who struggle to hear on the telephone.
I couldn’t use the telephone for 12 years – from 1995 when my deteriorating hearing finally made calls too difficult to hear, to 2007 when my new cochlear implant plugged me back into this fundamental means of communication.