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      • KIA ORA Just a few short weeks away from Christmas, the Age Concern Wellington Region office has been buzzing with Christmas cheer. We even put our Christmas tree up yesterday (a little early, yes)… Do you have any fun Christmas traditions you’d like to share with us? We’d love to hear from you: comms@acwellington.org.nz There’s ... Read more The post READ AGE CONCERN’S LATEST NEWSLETTER HERE… first appeared on Age Concern Wellington.

    • Navigating the Digital World with AMP Volunteers
      • Recently, an article about our partnership with AMP to help seniors improve their tech skills was published in the Listener and NZ Herald. Click on the image to read the article. The post Navigating the Digital World with AMP Volunteers first appeared on Age Concern Wellington.

      • KIA ORA Hasn’t the warm weather been lovely in the Wellington Region this past week? Although it seems to have disappeared today! But summer does feel like it’s around the corner. There’s plenty of news, information and more in this newsletter, including resources from some of the presentations at the Steady As You Go and ... Read more The post READ AGE CONCERN’S LATEST NEWSLETTER HERE… first appeared on Age Concern Wellington.

    • Phone Friends who Care About Each Other
      • Good karma results from good deeds done for others. “Phone Friend” volunteer Kitty Young discovered this with her clients recently when circumstances disrupted her usual calling arrangements. That is when the good karma kicked in. Kitty volunteered for the “Phone Friend” service with Age Concern about twelve months ago and began with three clients. One ... Read more The post Phone Friends who Care About Each Other first appeared on Age Concern Wellington.

    • Welcome Steph Deegan – Communications and Fundraising Assistant
      • Steph joined our Communications and Events Team in August 2023. Married with two children and a proud Wellingtonian, Steph is a self-confessed ‘jack of all trades’. She spent 8 years working and travelling overseas. As well as her years in hospitality she has worked in health and wellbeing, counselling and working with physically disabled members ... Read more The post Welcome Steph Deegan – Communications and Fundraising Assistant first appeared on Age Concern Wellington.

    • Celebrating Seniors’ Week 2023 at Age Concern Wellington Region
      • October saw the beginning of Seniors week and it was all action at Age Concern! In partnership with Wellington City Council, we hosted a raft of events around the Region. Steady As You Go classes continue to be popular with the senior members of the community who choose to keep active. Having an inside option ... Read more The post Celebrating Seniors’ Week 2023 at Age Concern Wellington Region first appeared on Age Concern Wellington.

    • Home Economist Heather
      • The headlines advise that the rate of inflation is declining: all that means is that prices are still rising, but at a slightly lower rate than previously. It seems food prices and just about everything else are out of control, but Heather has adapted, and developed a few systems that give her some control over ... Read more The post Home Economist Heather first appeared on Age Concern Wellington.

    • Making Connections – Select Resources
      • From Pain Management to Scam Prevention, speakers at our recent Making Connections Day on 4 October 2023 gave some fascinating talks. Some of our speakers offered to share more information about their talks, and here is a selection of additional resources: Aged Care Commissioner Carolyn Cooper has made the PowerPoint presentation from her speech available ... Read more The post Making Connections – Select Resources first appeared on Age Concern Wellington.

    • Welcome Vanessa – new Events Coordinator
      • Vanessa Lavatai is our new Events Coordinator. She joined our team in July 2023, and is replacing Kirsten Blyde. But don’t worry, Kirsten is still very much part of the Age Concern team (Kirsten’s now focusing all her time on coordinating the Visiting Service). Vanessa is a fun-loving, adventurous person. Not much frightens her (aside ... Read more The post Welcome Vanessa – new Events Coordinator first appeared on Age Concern Wellington.

    • Companion Walking Service – Joe and Monika
      • Getting the right match is an important part of the Companion Walking Service, so that both the volunteer and the client enjoy their weekly appointments. Joe and Monika are both immigrants with very different backgrounds and cultures, but they get on well together, so the match works. They met up when Joe sought a walking ... Read more The post Companion Walking Service – Joe and Monika first appeared on Age Concern Wellington.

    • Age Concern’s position on key election issues for seniors
      • In the run-up to the general election on 14 October 2023, Age Concern New Zealand has issued a document listing key issues of concern for older people in New Zealand. The aim is to inform aspiring politicians and the wider New Zealand population of these issues and advocate for action to address and improve the ... Read more

    • Social Work Intern – Mallory Glasse
      • At Age Concern Wellington Region, we have been fortunate to have Mallory Glasse working with us as a Social Work intern for the past four months. Mallory has successfully completed not only her internship with us, but after 4 years of study, her Bachelor of Social Work from Open Polytechnic. We congratulate her on this ... Read more

    • Seniors Week Around Wellington
      • For Seniors’ Week (first week of October), Wellington City Council has put together a fantastic booklet packed with loads of activities and events around Wellington. Pick up your copy at a library around Wellington, or call us on 04 499 6648 and we’ll post a copy to you. You can also view the booklet here: ... Read more

    • What is a will and why do you need one?
      • The Public Trust advises that having a will is one of the most important things you can do for your family. Some people think assets and special possessions will automatically go to your spouse or your next of kin if you don’t have a will in place, but this isn’t always the case. “Wills help ... Read more

    • Champion Donor from Across the Seas
      • A wise 15-year-old once wrote in her diary… ‘no one has ever become poor by giving.’* After 30 plus years of child sponsorship, mainly in developing countries, my last sponsored child had turned 18. I decided to set my sights closer to home, and focus on the unseen, the unheralded, the ones whose photos were ... Read more

    • ACC’s new strength and balance app
      • ACC has launched a free, balance exercise app, Nymbl. https://youtu.be/71g4-U8zZ5Y Being in control of your health and wellbeing is so important for living a fulfilling life. Nymbl enables you to regularly do balance exercises, wherever you are, whenever you want, improving your balance, and enabling you to keep doing the things you love. Whether you ... Read more

    • The Mahi Aroha Awards 2023
      • Celebrating Volunteers at the Mahi Aroha Awards The 2023 Volunteer Wellington Mahi Aroha Awards took place in June, during National Volunteer Week. This event recognises outstanding individuals and organisations for their exceptional contributions to the community. The awards ceremony was held at the KPMG offices in Wellington, and brought together inspiring stories, the spirit of ... Read more

    • Helping seniors with technology
      • Nothing changes faster than technology! For many seniors, the rapid pace of change with technology can cause stress and worry, especially when the way we do everyday things like banking is being steered online. Age Concern’s Tea and Tech day is all about helping seniors build confidence online and with their devices. It’s a drop-in ... Read more

    • Intergenerational Connections
      • Once a month, Age Concern Wellington Region runs a coffee group at Te PokapÅ« Hapori – Y Central. From time to time, Best Start Leeds Street and Te PokapÅ« Hapori/Wellington City Council collaborate with Age Concern to turn the morning into an intergenerational event. For a couple of hours, the venue makes space for seniors ... Read more

    • Planning for the Future
      • Sue Doris likes making a difference in people’s lives, and volunteers for Age Concern Wellington Region as a visitor for two older people. She enjoys knowing that she has a positive impact in both her clients’ lives. In their own way, each client has become an important friend. “I get my motivation from my parents ... Read more

    • Welcome Mallory, Social Work Intern
      • At Age Concern, we enjoy hosting and mentoring interns to give them work experience. Mallory Glasse, a Social Work student, began working with us recently for four months as part of her training. Mallory has completed four years of her Social Work course at the Open Polytechnic, which has all been done by distance learning ... Read more

    • Improving Your Social Connections
      • One of the issues facing older people these days is the tendency for families to be widely dispersed. Recently, a client of Age Concern noted that her two daughters lived in Australia and her son was disabled and could not go anywhere easily. Since her husband died, she had been living at home, on her ... Read more

    • A Birthday Celebration for a 101-Year-Old
      • A Birthday Celebration for a 101-Year-Old Margaret Balneaves is 101 years of age. She’s welcomed me into her home on a windy afternoon. Her hands are cold, but her bright blue eyes and pink outfit give her a playful, almost youthful appearance. She smiles as she tells me about her three children, five grandchildren and ... Read more

    • Retirement Villages, Rest Homes, Residential Care Facilities
      • Rest homes and residential care facilities are becoming more prominent in New Zealand’s healthcare system, with residential accommodation and varying degrees of care and support for older people and those with disabilities. While they can be the right choice for some seniors, they can sometimes be expensive and have terms and conditions that can be ... Read more

    • Scams: Pause, Reflect & Protect
      • We have noticed an increase in phishing and other scam-like activities. From phone calls and text messages saying you owe money, need to claim a parcel, or must to renew an important document, to emails claiming to want to give you money, there are countless approaches out there. Sadly, it’s important to be on your ... Read more

    • Age Friendly Cities and Communities
      • Ageing populations and urbanisation are expanding rapidly around the world, so more cities and communities are committing to becoming better places in which to grow older. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has determined that making our communities more age-friendly is an essential ingredient in programmes to maximise opportunities offered by longer lives. The Organisation recently ... Read more

    • Save on Power Bills
      • As if increased grocery prices were not enough the daily fixed charge levied by power companies for consumers on a Low Fixed Charge plan is also going up in stages (of 15 cents per day) over the next few years. As from 1 April this year it is 45 cents per day. The charge is ... Read more

      •   Extended warranties are offered by retailers to provide cover for the cost of repairs in case of product faults after the manufacturer’s warranty has expired. But the extra expense involved in these extended warranties are generally a waste of your money, according to Consumer NZ. You’re already covered. Under the Consumer Guarantees Act (CGA), ... Read more

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