18 Jan 2024

Hundreds of older NZers could be living in squalor - survey

From Morning Report, 7:21 am on 18 January 2024

A survey of Age Concern and councils suggests there could be hundreds of older New Zealanders living in severe domestic squalor throughout the country.

Retired public health medical specialsit Jonathan Jarman, who led the research, says this usually involves homes cluttered in rubbish, infested by vermin, with decomposing food and stench.

He spoke to Ben Strang.