A snapshot of what's happening here and around the world, focused on the over 65s.

Age Concern Auckland Central & West 2019 Spring Newsletter!

September 03, 2019

Our Spring Newsletter for 2019 has now been published! Have a read of it and check out what's going on by using the link below:

Age Concern Auckland Counties Manukau 2019 Spring Newsletter!

September 03, 2019

Our Spring Newsletter for 2019 has now been published! Have a read of it and check out what's going on by using the link below:

A New Jobsite Exclusively for Jobseekers 60+

July 23, 2019

Seniors @ Work is a new website launched with positions that are suitable to seniors and allows employers to employ experienced candidates aged 60+.

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Spark steps up with two new products for seniors

June 30, 2019

Spark has introduced two new products for New Zealand seniors: a scam-call blocking home phone (landline); and the cheapest advertised pay monthly mobile plan on the New Zealand market - tailored to the needs of those over 65 years! 

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Age Concern Auckland Newsletter - Winter 2019

June 10, 2019

This quarterly newsletter has a wealth of information relevant to people aged 65+ living in Central and West Auckland suburbs

 

In this issue - We talk about elder abuse, the risk factors to look for and what to do if you're concerned it's happening to someone you know.

 

We also highlight the great workshops that are happening in the coming months and the celebrate with some of our clients and volunteers.

New Non-Emergency Number for Police

May 09, 2019

105 is a national non-emergency number that will be answered 24/7 by highly trained Police staff. It is free to call from all landline and mobile numbers.

105 should be used to report non-emergency situations. For example, if your car has been stolen, your property has been damaged, or you want to give Police information about crime in your area; use 105. 111, on the other hand, should still be called immediately if a crime is taking place or there’s a threat to life or property. 111 is the number you use to connect with Police, Fire and Emergency, and the ambulance services in emergencies.

As well as by phone, people can go online to the 105 website to report certain non-emergency situations, and get updates on or add more information to their existing reports. Currently, lost property, intentional property damage, shoplifting, general theft, and theft from a car can be reported at 105.police.govt.nz.

Age Concern Counties Manukau 2019 Winter Newsletter!

May 09, 2019

Our Winter Newsletter for 2019 has now been published! Have a read of it and check out what's going on by using the link below:

Have your say on the draft strategy, Better Later Life – He Oranga Kaumātua 2019 to 2034

January 01, 2020

The draft strategy was developed to reflect what people said was important in last year’s ‘national conversation’ about the new strategy for New Zealand’s ageing population. It has been designed to:

  • highlight the value of our ageing population

  • focus on those aged 65+ but also consider the next generation of older people as they need to be planning now

  • create opportunities for everyone to participate, contribute and be valued as they age

  • drive actions to ensure all New Zealanders recognise their potential

  • highlight the importance of everyone working together to achieve the vision.

The closing date for submissions is Monday 3 June 2019.

Read the Strategy

Make and Online Submission

Survey: How do we improve connectivity and autonomy into the third stage of life

January 01, 2020

Are you are approaching retirement or have you already retired? Please spare 5 minutes to share your thoughts, plans, and experiences to date. Follow the appropriate link below and feel free to pass these links onto friends and family.

 

Survey for those who are looking at retiring: https://lnkd.in/fAeiWDk

Survey for those who have retired: https://lnkd.in/fzVCHBq

Scam Warning

January 01, 2020

Please note we have been made aware that a there is a scam where someone is targeting our elderly people, advising their power will be disconnected and to pay immediately.  They will ask you for credit card details.  Never give your credit card details out to an unsolicited caller.

If you receive a call similar to this hang up and call your energy provider to check everything is okay and advise them of the call. 

Age Concern Auckland Newsletter - Autumn 2019

March 25, 2019

This quarterly newsletter has a wealth of information relevant to people aged 65+ living in Central and West Auckland suburbs

 

In this issue - We remember Cornelius and Bruce, two remarkable men in their own ways, celebrate the Lunar New Year, and hear from volunteers and clients who have been involved in our Visiting Service. Also we celebrate staff birthdays, new additions to our team and hear from staff and a member of Age Concern Auckland who have been travelling recently.

Age Concern Counties Manukau 2019 Autumn Newsletter!

January 01, 2020

Our Autumn Newsletter for 2019 has now been published! Have a read of it and check out what's going on by using the link below:

EECA Warmer Kiwi Home's Initiative

January 01, 2020

EECA is helping Kiwi's get warmer, healthier homes this winter! Colder months are fast approaching, and if you live in South Auckland and are the homeowner (owner-occupier) of a home built before 2008, have a Community Services Card or SuperGold combo card, or own and live in a home in an area identified as lower-income you may be eligible to get home insulation for free or minimal cost!

Frank Toru's Story

January 01, 2020

South Auckland resident, Frank Toru started going to our Community Strength and Balance Tai Chi classes after he had a fall last year. The classes have been fantastic for his strength and balance and have enabled him to live more confidently! 

He recently did a video interview on his experience with the strength and balance classes. Click the video link below to watch.

If you are interested in classes for your strength, balance, and a good yarn, click here.

Free Shuttles Trialled for Middlemore Patients and Staff

January 01, 2020

A free shuttle service is now available for outpatients and staff travelling between Middlemore Hospital and the Manukau SuperClinic.

Age Concern Auckland Newsletter - Summer 2018

November 19, 2018

This quarterly newsletter has a wealth of information relevant to people aged 65+ living in Central and West Auckland suburbs

 

In this issue - Win yourself a bespoke art piece, hear about developments within our Asian Service and Visiting Service. We also commemorated International Day of Older Persons on 1st October and there is a montage of photos in the newsletter of the different community events our staff were involved in.

Age Concern Counties Manukau 2018 Summer Newsletter!

January 01, 2020

Our Summer Newsletter for 2018 has now been published! Have a read of it and check out what's going on by using the link below:

New Zealand Grandparents Day

January 01, 2020

New Zealand's first ever National Grandparents Day took place on the 28th of October 2018!

Grandparents Day has been celebrated in the United States since the 1970's and thanks to the efforts of Surrogate Grandparents New Zealand Charitable Trust this day has now also been launched in New Zealand!

It's a great opportunity to spend time with and appreciate your loved ones intergenerationally.

For more information head to the New Zealand Grandparents Day website:

Just Cook 4 Healthy Ageing cooking class

November 06, 2018

NZ Nutrition Foundation are providing a free 4 week cooking and nutrition program for older adults with limited cooking skills or who have lost confidence and motivation to cook.

 

Program begins Wed 7 Nov from 12pm - 3pm.

 

There are limited spaces - please email teatatusouthcc@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or contact Kat on 021950624

Manurewa Life Long Learning Fund

January 01, 2020

Manurewa Local Board has funding available for learning activities in 2019 for those aged 55 and over living or working in the Manurewa Local Board area. You can apply to have any learning activity funded, from art, cooking, language, music, computer skills, or anything else you may be interested to learn in 2019!

 

Pick up a form at the Manurewa Local Board office or Manurewa Library, 7 Hill Road, Manurewa. Alternatively contact Age Concern Counties Manukau on 09 297 4331 ext 817 or email annaj@accm.org.nz, or click on the link below.

Applicant workshops can be set up on request.

Margaret's Birthday Adventure

September 16, 2018

I can't believe I am 90  years old; I don't feel it.

 

I had a wonderful birthday and the jump was fantastic. I am going to do it again when I am 95. They gave me a lovely bouquet of flowers just before we left as a birthday present. I was very surprised.

 

They picked us up and bought us home. Go SkyDive is down near Mercer. All the staff are really great. The man who took me up served 32 years in the Air Force and has been all over the world.

 

I tried to follow his instructions, my poor old memory box missed some of them.  It was quite weird turning a somersault 13000 ft. up just as we left the plane. You are in free fall till you get away from the plane and then pull the chute cord.  We came down faster than we went up.

 

I thoroughly recommend it, there is nothing to be frightened of. It was a birthday I shall never forget.

Margaret (AVS Client)

Age Concern Auckland Newsletter - Spring 2018

September 26, 2018

This quarterly newsletter has a wealth of information relevant to people aged 65+ living in Central and West Auckland suburbs

 

In this issue - Auckland Council’s Environment and Community Committee has today (10 July 2018) resolved to join the World Health Organisation Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities. We also commemorated World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on 15 June and there is a montage of photos in the newsletter of our yarn bombing event.

Little Black Book to help you fight Scams

January 01, 2020

Scams are becoming ever more sophisticated and hard to spot, and are costing the kiwi-population thousands of dollars.

In response to this, the government has decided to roll out a nifty little hand-book to help you stay safe from scams. The book is free and accessible online to make it available to as many people as possible!

September is Wills Month

August 12, 2018

Remember how your parents made you tidy your room? They probably told you something about taking responsibility for sorting your things or not leaving a mess for others.

 

It was good advice. So good, in fact, it can apply to your life more broadly.

 

September is Public Trust’s Wills Month. It’s a time the company hopes more people will think about the mess they could be leaving for family and friends if they die without a valid, up-to-date will. A will is more than just how you want your house or financial assets to be divided. It’s also where you can name a guardian for your children, plan the ongoing care of your pets, outline funeral wishes, and decide whom particular special items will be gifted to.

 

With less than half of the New Zealand population currently holding wills, it’s something more people need to think about.

Anyone wishing to discuss how to go about setting up or updating a will can contact Public Trust on 0800 371 471 or make an appointment online.

For further information, please contact:

Ian Letham, Content and Communications Consultant, Public Trust
M. 022 070 0979 E. ian.letham@publictrust.co.nz

St John Free Health Shuttle to South Auckland Medical Centres

August 12, 2018

Do you need help getting to appointments at the following medical centres in South Auckland? 
You can use our free St John Health Shuttle service. One of our reliable, fully-trained drivers will pick you up, take you to your appointment, and drop you safely home again.

Health shuttle passengers need to meet the following criteria to use the service:

·         Able to weight bear and mobilise themselves in and out of the shuttle, walking frames are ok providing the passenger can access the vehicle. Hoists may be useful in this situation.

·         Immobile passenger need to be already in their wheelchair, volunteers are not trained or permitted to transfer immobile passengers from chair to seat.

·         Not require any clinical care for the duration of the journey, shuttle volunteers do not have the capacity nor are they responsible for providing care to passengers when they arrive home.

·         We cannot transport children who require car seats for safety reasons. If the parent or caregiver provides their own car seat, this is fine.

For bookings, call 0800 WAKA ORA (0800 9252 672) 

The Selwyn Institute, Ageing and Spirituality Conference 2018

August 12, 2018

Are we longing for belonging?

What does it mean to belong? Or in contrast, what are the ramifications and issues around NOT belonging?

In light of world wide revelations that the opposite of belonging, namely LONELINESS, is reaching crisis point with catastrophic consequences The Selwyn Institute believes we need to ask, and answer, some fundamental questions.

Age Concern Counties Manukau Newsletter - Spring 2018

May 14, 2018

This quarterly newsletter has a wealth of information relevant to people aged 65+ living in South Auckland, Eastern suburbs, Papakura and Franklin. 

 

In this issue - Auckland Council’s Environment and Community Committee has today (10 July 2018) resolved to join the World Health Organisation Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities. We also commemorated World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on 15 June and there is a montage of photos in the newsletter of our yarn bombing event.

Fonterra Packaging Focus Group - 3 September 2018

June 10, 2018

We are running the focus group as a result of discussions with Fonterra to test the improved accessibility and are keen to involve other groups who may be interested in accessible packaging. Fonterra have indicated that the age group 50 plus is a key demographic for them and we are hoping to have 30 people attend the group which is being held at Waipuna Hotel on Monday Sep 3rd at 1.30pm.

This  project has come from a survey on packaging that we did last year which identified milk containers as one of the most difficult products for people to open- mainly due to the difficulty of  opening the seal under the screw cap. We have followed this up with milk production companies and Fonterra think they have introduced a new packaging process that makes their Anchor milk containers easier to open. 

Anyone interested in attending the group can call us 0800663463 to register.

Connection Is The Answer! - Media Release

June 10, 2018

How do we stop Elder Abuse, is the Question!
Why do we have World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD)?
The day came about because of United Nations Resolution 66/127. The UN aims to raise awareness of elder abuse and prevent it, on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, communities run events and highlight the danger of elder abuse and what can be done to prevent it and what to do if it is spotted.

Age Concern Auckland Newsletter - Winter 2018

May 14, 2018

This quarterly newsletter has a wealth of information relevant to people aged 65+ living in Central and West Auckland. 

Age Concern Counties Manukau Newsletter - Winter 2018

May 14, 2018

This quarterly newsletter has a wealth of information relevant to people aged 65+ living in South Auckland, Eastern suburbs, Papakura and Franklin. 

 

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is coming up in June, find out about local events and how you can raise awareness around elder abuse in this edition!

New Winter Energy Payment

May 09, 2018

The Government is introducing a new winter energy payment to help older people and people on a benefit stay warm and healthy through winter. This will be paid automatically to everyone getting the NZ Super, Veteran’s Pension, Jobseeker Support, Sole Parent Support, Supported Living Payment or a Youth Service Payment. 

 

The Winter Energy Payment will begin from 1 July to 30 September 2018 and in 2019 for five months from 1 May to 30 September 2019.

Art classes help Kiwis living with dementia remember the bright side of life

April 08, 2018

An Auckland charity is using art to help improve the health and wellbeing of people living with dementia.

By 2050, an estimated 170,000 Kiwis will be affected by it, and it's thought art therapy could ease symptoms. Connect The Dots Charitable Trust runs an art class with a difference in Auckland. It is specially tailored for older people and those with dementia. Participants discuss an artist's work before having a go themselves, which co-director Andrea Gaskin says is a great way to combat dementia.

Age Concern Counties Manukau Newsletter - Autumn 2018

February 25, 2018

This quarterly newsletter has a wealth of information relevant to people aged 65+ living in South Auckland, Eastern suburbs, Papakura and Franklin. 

 

Our first newsletter of 2018 and what a busy few months it has already been!

Intergenerational friendships improve health

January 14, 2018

'Resident Mike Allsot, 82, who attended the Lynfield College technology tutorial last month, said he was "blown away" at how smart the students were. 

"I have been into Vodafone for a tutorial on how to use my smartphone and tablet so many times but learnt nothing - after one lesson with these children I could operate both," Allsot said.'

Tech for Seniors workshops are run by Age Concern Auckland, check on our Events page for more information.

Western Leader Article: Moving elderly parents in with family can be traumatic, says Age Concern

December 21, 2017

An organisation that looks after the needs of the elderly says uprooting a loved one to a new city can be traumatic.

Age Concern West Auckland visiting service co-ordinator Sue Campin said although people generally had the best intentions of helping their elderly family members, it often does more harm than good.

"Relocating an older person needs way more thought than what we've seen people do," Campin said.

Eight Simple Changes to our Neighbourhoods can help us Age Well

November 07, 2017

Where we live can play a big part in ageing well, largely because of the links between physical activity and wellbeing. Our neighbourhoods and their design can then improve or hinder our ability to get out of the house and be physically active.

Community Strength and Balance for Older People in the Counties Manukau DHB region

October 25, 2017

Age Concern Counties Manukau's role as lead agency will be to coordinate and grow access to Community Group Strength and Balance programmes for older people. You may be contacted if you are over 65 years by your local GP or practice nurse, for Falls Prevention Screening.  You are likely to be asked the following types of questions:

  • Have you slipped, tripped or fallen in the last year?

  • Can you get out of a chair without using your hands?

  • Are there some activities you’ve stopped doing because you are afraid you might lose your balance?  Do you worry about falling?

Institute of Directors in New Zealand Not for Profit Event

September 05, 2017

A photo of the great panel from The Institute of Directors in New Zealand Not for Profit event on 5th September - Age Concern Counties Manukau CEO Wendy Bremner, joined by Mark Conelly, Aaron Wallace and facilitated by Rachel Hopkins, this photo also includes IOD CEO Kirsten Paterson. The event was hosted by Auckland University of Technology in Manukau and was fantastic, the discussion was around good governance in the NFP sector. 

Not-for-Profit Governance and Board Dynamics

August 06, 2017

New Zealand’s $60 billion not-for-profit sector comprises over 27,000 organisations. This sector is undergoing significant change and scrutiny and it is predicted there will be a continuation of more collaboration and mergers in the future. We are delighted to have secured a highly experienced panel of passionate not-for-profit directors who will address a number of issues facing this sector which include:

  • Motivating factors for people to be involved in not-for-profits

  • Not-for-profit governance vs profit governance

  • Health and safety risks are identical as in a corporate organisations without the same level of resources

  • Volunteering dynamics, the volunteering dollar and volunteering commitment

  • The skill set of board members – identifying the gaps?