Posts Tagged ‘elderly’

Fiji floods – damage bill approaching at least $FJ51 million

Friday, April 20th, 2012

A report on FijiLive puts the damage bill from the Fiji Floods flooding as  approaching $FJD51 Million ($US30 million). A bulletin from OCHA ( UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) puts the cost of the Fiji floods even higher at  more than $FJD71 million ($US40 million) in key economic sectors, providing the following breakdown Roads 17,951,438 Read more

Hutt churches set up downtown haven

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Some Hutt Churches have combined to  set up a new outreach initiative in downtown Lower Hutt includes a free “short time” creche for children and a place for the elderly to chat over a cuppa. It is called The Anchorage, because it is intended to be a safe and friendly place for all ages. The Read more

Compassion Sisters’ Aubert Home to close

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

The Compassion Sisters’ Aubert Home in Whanganui is to be closed because it is an earthquake risk. An engineers’ report has found that more than 67 per cent of the buildings are below the minimum earthquake standard required by law and could be dangerous in a moderate earthquake. The  residents, their families and staff have been told of the Read more

Legalised euthanasia could lower suicide rate!

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

The number of elderly New Zealanders killing themselves has surged 11% to a 10-year high, fuelled by mounting health and economic worries. The spate of deaths has pushed the country’s overall suicide numbers to 558, the highest since 1997. The issue has reopened the debate on euthanasia. A spokeswoman for the New Zealand Voluntary Euthanasia organisation Read more

Many senior citizens suffering from loneliness

Friday, September 16th, 2011

There are 580,000 older people living in New Zealand and more than 40,000 suffer from social isolation. “Many of those people are living alone, and they have lost connection with their families…. they haven’t made the networks that possibly they could make, and possibly should make.” Age Concern chief executive Ann Martin says Age Concern met with Read more