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Combatting loneliness in older people

The Ageing Well project continues to investigate social isolation among older New Zealanders. In the meantime, perhaps we should consider preventative measures for combatting loneliness.

Gardening with migrants – creating familiarity and belonging

Beatrice Hale talks to Beryl Lee, who has made it her goal to help migrant seniors adjust to life in a new country and build social networks through a volunteer gardening programme.

The truth about transition: helping older Kiwis make the right decisions

Last week, INsite looked at an Australian initiative to help people navigate the aged care and home care systems. Here, we explore two new innovative programmes that are helping people do the same here in New Zealand, but with a greater emphasis on what’s best for the person. By Jude Barback.

Fitness and fun in the community

Dr Beatrice Hale with Margaret Dando QSM, of Age Concern Otago, reviews the history and effectiveness of SAYGO and Tai Chi, two community groups with a focus on wellbeing.

New service helps consumers navigate Australia’s aged and home care systems

CareAbout is a new service in Australia that helps people work their way through what is becoming an increasingly complex range of services and options.

A model for older people’s health, fitness and sociability

Dr Beatrice Hale reports on Assoc. Professor Linda Robertson's Otago Polytechnic Professorial Lecture, which discussed a model for initiating and maintaining programmes to encourage social connections for older people.

Don’t underestimate the benefits of singing on mental health

An INsite reader is calling for more community singing groups to benefit people's mental health and wellbeing.

Julie Haggie leaves the home care sector

Upon announcing her decision to step down as chief executive of the Home and Community Health Association (HCHA), Julie Haggie shares some of the highlights and challenges of the past eight years with INsite.

Funding clarified for pay equity settlement extension

The pay equity settlement extension to include mental health and addiction support workers will be funded on an ‘actuals’ basis, as per the home and community support services sector, until the end of September.

Wood resigns as HealthCare NZ CEO

HealthCare NZ chief executive Jaimes Wood resigns
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