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Countering loneliness in older women living alone

Today is International Women’s Day and a good time to recognise the efforts of researchers working with older women living alone to tackle social isolation and remove some of the barriers to accessing services.

InterRAI data helping identify loneliness in older people

A research project makes use of interRAI data to identify social isolation and loneliness in older people.

Opinion: Dr Merryn Gott – Caregivers are vital part of the palliative care workforce

Dr Merryn Gott argues that caregivers need to be seen explicitly as part of the palliative care workforce, requiring appropriate education, training and support.

Opinion: Brien Cree – in defence of rest homes

Radius Care Managing Director Brien Cree's blood boiled listening to residential aged care facilities take a hammering in recent talkback discussions around elder abuse. Here, he comes to the defence of rest homes.

Social networking tool for older people wins award

A social networking tool designed to tackle loneliness one street at a time took out Australia's inaugural Senior Living Innovation Challenge.

Aussie Govt called to address elder financial abuse – but changes needed in NZ...

The Australian Bankers’ Association (ABA) has called on the Australian Federal Government to act now on financial abuse against the elderly and resolve three key issues by Christmas, but Age Concern New Zealand says we need action here and now in New Zealand.

Employers anxious mental health worker settlement won’t be fully funded

The Government's intentions to extend the pay equity settlement to mental health and addiction support workers has been welcomed, but employers want to see the new settlement fully funded.

Ageing with a disability “sucks”, says long-time advocate

69-year-old John McIntosh talks to Mary Anne Gill from the Life Unlimited Trust about ageing, disability and the importance of independence "for your soul".

Opinion: Laurie Hilsgen – Government needs to review carer policies

Chief executive of Carers NZ LAURIE HILSGEN says the Government needs to take a fresh look at policies related to caring, including the Funded Family Care policy.

Appeal could see changes to Funded Family Care policy

A successful appeal against a Ministry of Health's application of the Funded Family Care policy could spell change for the policy, especially under a Government that has suggested a review is on the cards.
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