Like financial planning for retirement, wellbeing planning works better the sooner it starts. However, we also recognise when you’re in your 50s and younger, old age can still seem a long way away. As some wit once said “old age is always 15 years older than I am”.
Boomers is for everyone with an interest in ageing positively. It is aligned with the Mental Health Foundation’s Five Ways to Wellbeing and also with the government’s Positive Ageing Strategy, which aims for older New Zealanders to be healthy, independent, connected and respected.
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Tufuga Holatu Lagatule is profiled on Boomers, our website promoting mental wellbeing for older people. She lives in a comfortable, quiet Housing New Zealand complex in Papanui, solid enough to have withstood the earthquakes that have damaged so much of Christchurch.
Having a tranquil place to come home to is important to Northland clinical psychologist Margaretanne Roger.
We have all, at some stage, day-dreamed about giving up our day jobs and running away to a sunny, tropical island.