Posts Tagged ‘Aging’

Aging with grace

Monday, September 12th, 2022
aging with grace

“The secret to living well and longer is: Eat half, walk double, laugh triple, and love without measure.” – Tibetan Proverb. (As recalled from a social media post.) The Tibetan proverb, which may be neither Tibetan nor a proverb, stabs my heart a little; at least, the part about walking double does. Due to osteoarthritis Read more


Monday, November 6th, 2017

There is a joke that my husband and I revisit with much pleasure. It concerns two elderly men who had memory loss. One said to his friend, “At last I’ve found the solution! I’m going to a wonderful memory school. They give you strategies you can put in place to remember things.” The other said, Read more

Changes in immigration rules will halt flow of health workers from Philippines

Monday, May 1st, 2017

A significant number of workers in the health care sector in New Zealand  are from the Philippines. Health worker Aeziel Niegos came to New Zealand in 2008 with a dream of settling here and becoming a Kiwi. But the 39-year-old, who is earns $19.54 an hour as a house leader in an Albany health care Read more

Ageing brings intense prayer, awareness of judgment says Benedict

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Ageing brings intense prayer and awareness of judgement, says 89 year-old Emeritus Pope Benedict. He says retirement has given him the gift of silence to enter more deeply into prayer, especially with the Psalms and the writings of early Church theologians. He also says the approach of death makes his failings and God’s judgment a Read more

Call to stop couple separation in residential aged care

Friday, June 24th, 2016

A new study has highlighted concerns about the sexual and relationship rights of people living in Australian residential aged care. Research from the University of New England showed many couples in such facilities are unable to have normal sexual relationships. This is because of systematic and illegal breaches of their privacy, the study stated. The Read more

The wisdom years

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

As part of the elderly population, we are aware of the publicity given people our age. Most of the news is focussed on welfare issues, while increased advertising suggests there is money to be made retirement villages, rest homes and funerals. Very little is said about the gifts of wisdom that can come only with Read more

Dementia tops fear list – but life can still have meaning

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Getting dementia tops the list of fears for older people including baby boomers, says a celebrated world authority on ageing and spirituality, Dr Elizabeth MacKinlay. Yet people with dementia can still find meaning in life, she says. MacKinlay is professor of theology at Charles Sturt University in Canberra and an Anglican priest. She has been presenting Read more

Growing old gracefully

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

A few years ago, Erie Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister, a prolific spiritual writer and one of the most prominent, outspoken contemporary American Catholic sisters, decided to finally tackle a book she had wanted to write for a long time. The result, The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully (Blue Bridge), beautifully reflects on the spirituality Read more

NZ population growth may be dependent on immigration

Friday, July 18th, 2014

New Zealand will be made made up of a people of multiple “national” identities and its population growth may be entirely dependent on immigration, says a new study. The report – Our Futures: Te Pae Tawhiti – released today by an expert panel of the Royal Society of New Zealand, analysed data from the 2013 Census and Read more

Vatican warns UN about falling fertility rates

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

The Vatican has warned the United Nations about falling fertility rates around the world, saying that they “should be a great cause for alarm”. Citing a report from the UN’s secretary general, the Vatican mission to the UN stated that “no fewer than 80 countries now register a fertility rate below replacement level”. That trend Read more