Researchers from Massey’s Health and Ageing Research Team (HART) released a book of the findings earlier this month. The book includes chapters on Social Connections and Loneliness.

The New Zealand Health, Work and Retirement Study (NZHWR) is the longest running longitudinal study of ageing in Aotearoa New Zealand. The study, which has followed the same groups of people (aged between 55 and 90) across 18 years, focuses on factors that impact the health and wellbeing of older adults, while also exploring significant events.

On 7 June, researchers from Massey University’s Health and Ageing Research Team (HART) will launch a new book of the study’s findings at the Wharewaka Function Centre in Wellington.

The book, Ageing in Aotearoa: The New Zealand Health, Work and Retirement Study, describes the results of the longitudinal study. It provides an accessible summary of the findings, including illustrations.

Co-leader of HART Professor Christine Stephens says, “The ability to follow people across time has provided powerful evidence for the effects of lifelong circumstances and environmental conditions on loneliness, mental health, physical health and quality of life.”

Access an electronic copy of the book here.

Listen to lead researcher Professor Christine Stephens talking about the study to Jessie Mulligan on RNZ.

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