Story: Older people

Importance of family (1st of 2)

Importance of family

Abraham Turei sits underneath his family photos in 2005. At that time he had 17 children, 5 step-children, over 50 grandchildren and over 50 great-grandchildren. Family relationships are often important for older people; they are a source of support, love and enjoyment if ties have been maintained. 

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Peggy Koopman-Boyden, 'Older people - Lifestyles', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 October 2021)

Story by Peggy Koopman-Boyden, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 22 Aug 2018