Older renters cutting food to cover costs – social worker

Elderly people are skimping on food and doctors’ visits to pay for skyrocketing accommodation costs, a study has found.

A Victoria University study published today found poorer health in elderly New Zealanders living in rentals, compared with those living in houses they owned.

The study used data from a survey of more than 15,000 New Zealanders over 55 years old. They found women over 75, Māori and Pasifika were more likely to be renting, and these groups were more vulnerable.

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Source: Radio New Zealand