Third Age Health is reminding communities about the importance of checking in with older whānau following the devastating effects of Cyclone Gabrielle on the North Island.

Tony Wai, Third Age Health CEO says, “After major disasters like we’ve just had with Cyclone Gabrielle older people are often reluctant to ask for help as they ‘don’t want to bother anyone’ and this can lead to them not getting the support they need for their health and wellbeing.

“We’re encouraging family members, neighbours, and community leaders to pick up the phone and ‘check-in’ on older members of the community to ensure they’re doing ok.”

Older whānau are also encouraged to continue to seek care from their regularly healthcare providers, such as general practice, and to take advantage of telephone or online appointments if travel is difficult.

It is also important to contact family, friends or relatives living in aged care facilities as they may be worried if they are seeing news reports of areas devastated by the cyclone and become anxious wondering if their loved ones are alright.

“Caring for the health of older members of our community following significant weather events is so important, as they may be isolated and vulnerable.”



For more information, please contact:

Ruth Morse, Head of Communications, Marketing and Engagement – Third Age Health

+64 21 263 1415


About Third Age Health

Third Age Health is New Zealand’s only specialized provider of general practice health care services for older people living in retirement villages, private hospitals, secure dementia units as well as in communities across New Zealand.  A dedicated Third Age Health clinical team provides onsite clinics, rostered rounds and after hours on-call healthcare services aimed at supporting the health and wellbeing of older people to improve quality of life. As well as providing clinical services for over 50 aged care facilities throughout New Zealand, Third Age Health owns several general practices providing primary healthcare to people of all ages.