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Ex­perts urge the el­derly to ex­plore all the var­i­ous liv­ing ar­range­ments avail­able to them.

Age Con­cern co-or­di­na­tor Jenny Barker says peo­ple con­sid­er­ing re­tire­ment vil­lages should get a knowl­edge­able lawyer to check the fine print.

‘‘Do your home­work’’ when it comes to de­cid­ing on mov­ing, she says. ‘‘There are lots of ser­vices avail­able that peo­ple may not know about.’’

Barker says the num­ber of older peo­ple liv­ing at home is in­creas­ing. The agency has five 100-yearolds reg­is­tered as liv­ing at home in Auck­land.

‘‘The rea­son they’ve done so well is they are so in­de­pen­dent,’’ Barker says.

‘‘There are health ben­e­fits in that they’re still in charge.

‘‘Re­tire­ment vil­lages don’t nec­es­sar­ily suit ev­ery­body.

‘‘If the per­son is quite shy they’ll not take ad­van­tage of all the ac­tiv­i­ties that go on.’’

El­der­net is a free in­for­ma­tion ser­vice fo­cus­ing on is­sues con­cern­ing older peo­ple.

Di­rec­tor Eleanor Bodger says peo­ple need to un­der­stand the le­gal im­pli­ca­tions of any changes they make.

‘‘What suits one doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily suit another.

‘‘Just be­cause some­one’s older and needs help doesn’t mean they have to move out of home.’’

Bodger says there are more older peo­ple rent­ing or shar­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion with friends or sib­lings.

‘‘It’s a world­wide trend with im­mi­grants com­ing into the coun­try.

‘‘They are show­ing us there are other ways peo­ple can man­age their af­fairs.

‘‘It will take a wee while for our so­ci­ety to feel com­fort­able with all the op­tions that are emerg­ing.’’

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