March Meeting

7.30 pm Tuesday, 17 March, Palmerston North Central Library, George Street,
Palmerston North
The importance of the physical and social environment for health inequalities of older people in Aotearoa New Zealand:
Findings from the Health, Work and Retirement longitudinal study
Professor Christine Stephens and Professor Fiona Alpass
Massey University

Please note that in accordance with the most recent Ministry of Health advisory, which does not recommend altering arrangements for smaller-scale public events, our monthly meeting will proceed as usual. We remind you it is inadvisable to attend if you are feeling unwell, of course, or if you have travelled overseas in the past 14 days: see     


The Health and Ageing Research Team at Massey University is a multidisciplinary and cross-University group, which conducts studies of the determinants of older people’s wellbeing. The findings of this research are largely directed towards government and local authority policy change. This talk will be about our research focus on examples of the social environment (structural differences in life chances across the life course) and the physical environment (housing and neighbourhoods), which enable healthy living for older people. We consider older people in terms of their diversity, rather than as one homogenous population category, and find that inequalities between socially structured groups across the life course predict inequalities in health in older age. These inequalities predict current living conditions such as housing and neighbourhoods, which, in turn, impact on risks to well-being such as loneliness. This talk will explain the details of these findings and briefly discuss the policy implications for an ageing society.

All warmly welcome.