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Published Friday 13 Apr 2018

As part of the Live Stronger for Longer campaign we are looking at ways to help older friends and whānau love their independence.

Live Stronger for Longer spoke to around 100 New Zealanders over the age of 65, and many told them they felt much younger than the age on their birth certificate. This is in line with international research which shows that on average, retirees feel between 10 - 20 years younger than their actual age.

It was also found that older people:

  • are very sensitive to being told what to do (especially if it's presented as being for their own good)
  • don't want to be a burden to their families
  • dislike using walking aids (as it makes them feel frail and old).

There are some practical ways you can help. Have a look at this checklist it helps older people avoid common trips, slips, and falls hazards around their home.

Download the Home safety assessment checklist [5.45 MB]

The Ministry of Health also has a list of support services for older people:

Visit the MOH Services for older people page

They've also compiled a list of useful websites for older people:

Visit the Useful websites for older people page