Practical advice from experts on housing and intergenerational relationships

Practical advice from experts on housing challenges for older people

expert boomersOn the often thorny matter of where to live in your later years, we talk to five experts: psychology professors Christine Stephens and Fiona Alpass, who head the interdisciplinary Health and Ageing Research team at Massey University (from 2006, the team has followed over 1000 Kiwis aged 55 and above); Māori housing advocate Rau Hoskins, MArch (Hons), (Ngāti Hau, Ngāpuhi), Chairperson of Te Matapihi National Māori Housing Trust; Dr Judith Davey, Senior Associate at the Victoria University Institute for Governance and Policy Studies; and Dr Kay Saville-Smith, Research Director for the Centre for Research, Evaluation and Social Assessment (CRESA).

Practical advice from experts on intergenerational relationships

Our experts Dr Chris Perkins and Dr Juliet Batten both say it's good for people as they age to keep friends of all ages. So Boomers is exploring what those relationships can look like. We have talked to a range of Boomers to see how they do it, and two more experts, Dr Cherryl Waerea-i-te-rangi Smith and Dr Ngaire Kerse, share their knowledge of the subject.

More generally speaking...

Ageing experts agree there are times when we really do think we might freak out as we age – after the loss of a partner, when retirement rolls around or the kids leave and the house is empty.

It's important to keep in mind that when change happens, it may signal the end of something big, but it doesn’t have to mean the end of the world. Read Chris and Juliet's words of wisdom on how to maintain and enhance your wellbeing through some of life’s changes in your later years.

Common scenarios you may be facing:

  • Empty nest syndrome
  • Pressure to support family members, adult children and parents
  • Loss of a partner through divorce or death
  • Loss of employment through redundancy or retirement
  • Selling down or moving to a retirement home
  • Failing physical health – yours or your partner’s
  • Onset of dementia – you or your partner
  • Dealing with a chronic illness
  • Dealing with a terminal illness.