Ready for Anything


Ready for Anything

Growing Older in New Zealnd - what you need to know

By Catriona MacLennan

ISBN13: 9781869507510

RRP $34.99



With news like 'Officials close gagging rest home' and 'Name and shame plan for bad rest homes' hitting New Zealand headlines, it is clear how vulnerable older members of our community can be.

Ready for Anything, by barrister, journalist and New Zealand author Catriona MacLennan offers people the chance to plan ahead by arming themselves with the necessary information and tools to live happily, safeyl and well.

Through her book Catriona MacLennan shows how a little preparation can save people from the legal and financial minefields of old age.

"As the New Zealand population ages, older people need to put their legal and financial affairs in order to ensure that their wishes are carried out if they have an accident or severe illness and can no longer look after themselves or communicate their wishes."

Doing this before it is too late means knowing your wishes will be carried out, and at time of stress prevents confusion, arguments and financial disasters for those left behind.

"There's a real lack of relevant information available with regard to the special issues and decisions people faces as they grow older, that's what motivated me to write Ready for Anything - with the right knowledge these situations can be avoided."

Ready for Anything features specific information for caregivers, acknowledging their huge responsibility, but also reassuring them that they should not feel guilty if they find it overwhelming or feel that they need a break from caring for an older relative.

Catriona MacLennan believes New Zealanders need to understand that they are an ageing population and move to protect and empower the elderly.

"National statistics show the number of New Zealanders aged over 85 has more than trebled in the past 30 years by we still see evidence of the needs of older people being ignored in our society.  We're all aging and will have to face these issues at some point so we should really understanding the process a bit better and get prepared."

Ready for Anything has information to help younger people caring for parents or grandparents to make informed decisions at stressful times, such as when their loved ones suddenly have a stroke, heart attack or accident.

Ready for Anything empowers Baby Boomers at, or coming up to, retirement age, as well as people who are already retired, by providing them with basic information about legal and other issues they will encounter, such as:

  • Can family members change your will against your wishes?

  • What happens if you need to appoint someone to manage your affaris?

  • What is a 'living will'?

  • What is a home equity release scheme and how might it apply to you?

  • Staying in your own home or moving to a retirement village - what are your options?

  • Who pays if you need help in the home or can't afford rest-home care?

  • What help is available in the community?

  • Who can you turn to if you need advice?

  • What are the implications of moving into a rest home or private home?

  • What are your superannuation entitlements?

Fifteen case studies of how some people have dealt with the issues they have encountered as they have aged, educate and inspire and show older people enjoying life and being involved in new and interesting activities.

Ready for Anything provides the necessary tools and information to make critical decisions before it is too late.

About the Author

Catrional MacLennan is a barrister and has practised law in South Auckland for the past 12 years.  She was the first lawyer to work at Nga Ture Kaitaki Ki Waikato COmmunity Law Centre where she provided legal advice to people who couldn't afford lawyers.

Catriona's clients are some of the most disadvantaged people in New Zealand.  Catriona actively lobbies for law changes to improve the situation for her clients and has worked in fields in which few lawyers preactise, including acting for beneficiaries and doing a considerable amount of consumer law work.

A former Parliamentary Press Gallery journalist, Catriona is a well known media commentator who specialises in legal, social and animal rights' issues.

She is the bestselling author of Know Your Rights - A Practical Guide to the Law for Every New Zealand Household, Home Trughts and Kitchen Table Millionaire.

Catriona is involved with the First Strike campaign, which recognises the links between animal ause, domestic violence and other forms of violence in the the community, and seeks to foster co-operation between women's refuges and animal and child protection agencies.



Ready for Anything is an invaluable resource for all New Zealanders at all stages of life.  It is packed full of information, advice and resources (including an 'Emergency Kit') to empower you to ensure that your legal and financial affairs are in order before your circumstances change.

This easy to follow guide book is a must read for all new Zealanders.



Reviewed by: Franciska



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