SuperSeniors is run by the Office for Seniors. It is a gateway to information on government services for anyone aged 65+.
For general information on finding and using government services:
The first ever 'Attitudes Towards Ageing' survey shows a high level of respect for seniors.
But significant numbers of older people reported being socially isolated and higher numbers than that say they have at times felt invisible.
The Measurement of Social Connectedness and its Relationship to Wellbeing
This report by Dr Margreet Frieling, Eric Krassoi Peach & Jacinta Cording was commissioned by MSD as part of the Families and Whānau Wellbeing Research Programme. Based on a review of the literature, the authors have developed a framework to demonstrate the relationship between social connectedness and wellbeing.
This report looks at what it means to be socially connected; its effects on people’s wellbeing, and how to measure it. Social connectedness plays an important role in peoples’ lives and is becoming increasingly important as trends of population growth, rising morbidity and societal ageing affect our communities.
The report shows that older people are one of the groups at risk of social isolation and loneliness due to life changes such as retirement, bereavement and/or children moving away.
It also found that loneliness and social isolation are specific risk factors for depression in older people. However, participation in social group activities is found to protect against depression and can lead to recovery and a reduced risk of relapse among those with a history of depression. Social relationships also play a role in protecting against cognitive decline in older people, particularly group activities, with the more socially engaged 80 year olds performing cognitively like 70 year olds.
Please click here for a full copy of this report.
Around one in four New Zealanders will be aged 65-plus by 2036.
The Honourable Tracey Martin is Minister for Seniors.
The Office for Seniors encourages New Zealanders of all ages to think about the ageing population, and it helps government and communities keep up-to-date with the needs of seniors.
The Ministry of Social Development helps New Zealanders to help themselves to be safe, strong and independent. It offers a number of different services for seniors.