Wellbeing, health and happiness



Sometimes depression is mistakenly thought of as a natural part of growing old. Though depression can be an understandable reaction to loss, it is not an inevitable part of life in older age. Depression can be prevented and effects can be minimised when it's recognised and treated appropriately.


Relationships in later life

Satisfying relationships, including intimate relationships, are important to the wellbeing of all people, including older people. In this section we look at some of the relationship issues you may face as you grow older.  This series of articles has been produced by Age Concern New Zealand in partnership with Relationships Aotearoa.

Ageing is Living : Recipes for Life

Our Ageing is living : Recipes for life booklet works like one of those TV shows where you’re given the ingredients and have to make up the recipe yourself.  Except in this case it’s your recipe for making the most of life as you grow older. 

We give you fourteen “ingredients” to play around with – things like optimism, love, generosity, fun - and dignity.  Then we provide a few tips for how to add each ingredient to your recipe for life. 

The idea is to encourage people to recognize and use the life skills and resources they already have (these could be spiritual, intellectual, cultural or social) and to keep developing new ones. 

So, no matter what “age or stage” you’re at, if you've ever stopped and thought about how to live well, and how to age well, this little book could be just the thing.

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