Wanted: older migrant seniors for research on your experiences

My name is Dr Ágnes Szabó and I am a senior lecturer in the School of Health at Victoria University of Wellington. My research focuses on the ageing experiences of immigrant communities in Aotearoa New Zealand.

I have recently obtained funding from The Royal Society–Te Apārangi to explore what it means to age well for migrant communities and how they achieve it over the course of their lives.

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Grey Power encourages seniors to get the Covid-19 vaccine

Grey Power is pleased to note that the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has arrived in the country and inoculations have already started with our most vulnerable workers.

We look forward to this becoming available to our members, in fact, to all older people. We are all aware that vaccinations are the most effective way of protecting not only ourselves but also those around us. This is another way we can continue to be part of the “team of 5 million” doing our duty to try to eradicate this virus from the community.

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Retirement village contracts: unfair terms in the fine print

Unfair terms in village contracts are leaving a financial sting.

“Wake up with a song in your heart and a purpose for your day.” That’s the promotional plug for the 32 retirement villages owned by the Arvida Group. Along with hot pools and happy hours in your golden years, the company promises to make “it easier for you to live by your own rules”.

How to be old, by Rachel McAlpine

Local Wellington writer Rachel McAlpine has just released a new book on ageing with a wonderful humorous approach.

Sheblogs and podcasts about living and ageing and this book is part of her is celebrating her 80th birthday.

“How to Be Old” is an explosion of humanity on the page with some practical tips from the author and sage advice from Elsie aged five.

Rachel has also written novels, songs and plays, and books about writing.

Her website is writeintolife.com – you can purchase her book at – https://thecubapress.nz/shop/how-to-be-old/

Nomination for National President Grey Power

I have been nominated by the Wellington Central Grey Power Association for the position of National President Grey Power.

We acknowledge the history, policies, and advocacy – initially superannuation – of our Grey Power forebears/whanau since 1986. These volunteers carved a place as advocates with decision-makers for older persons (aged 50 plus). Their strong voice was heard and listened to, and the name of Grey Power was on people’s lips. 

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