Seniors - what's been going on
27 July 2015 - Would you like more company?
Half of older New Zealanders experience some degree of loneliness. However, studies show staying socially connected can have benefits for both our physical and mental wellbeing
If you’re an older person who is feeling lonely or would like more social contact, you can get in touch Age Concern to find out about their accredited Visiting Service (AVS). AVS befriending service that provides regular visits to older people who would like more company.
You can also find more ideas on staying socially connected on the Office for Senior Citizens' page
Where to find more Seniors info
- NZ Superannuation and other income support
- Elder Abuse and Neglect – contacts for advice and support
- Connects - Connecting Neighbours and Communities
- Preventing social isolation and loneliness
- SuperGold Card
- Positive Ageing Strategy - read the latest report
- The Business of Ageing - Realising the Economic Potential of Older People in New Zealand
- Enduring Power of Attorney - Protect your future
Organisations that help Seniors
Working for Seniors
The Minister for Senior Citizens is the Honourable Maggie Barry ONZM.
Latest news from the Minister:
- New report shows economic power of seniors
- Minister talks about Elder Abuse in Parliament (video)
- New support for carers launched
- New research and community programmes to combat elder abuse
- Minister opens sensory garden to aid dementia patients
- Value of older workers detailed by survey
- Ageing Workforce survey
- Minister speaks to the Grey Power AGM
- More targeted assistance for SuperGold card holders
The Office for Senior Citizens supports the Minister to actively promote a society where people can age positively, be supported in their communities, and have the same opportunities as everyone.