Happy International Volunteers Day - We Appreciate All That You Do!

Kia ora and welcome to this issue of The Old Times. Today is International Volunteers Day; an opportunity for us to recognise the contributions and achievements of our volunteers. Your time and effort never goes unnoticed, and we absolutely acknowledge that without your help, we could not deliver our services. Below are two examples of the difference you make in our clients' lives:

Mrs L from Matamata wrote to us in July 2019: “I have had a visitor come and see me every Monday for an hour or so. We both enjoy these get-togethers as it can be quiet here! My husband died from cancer six years ago and I am so grateful for these visits and the company provided.” 

Mrs D from Te Awamutu wrote to us in June 2019: “Thank you for my visitor. I look forward to having a cuppa with them and doing jigsaws, crosswords and having a laugh too”.

Best wishes 

Lucy Willard
Membership and Events Coordinator

Age Concern are delighted to be recipients of hamper donation 
For some of our clients who will be spending the holidays alone, or those that have been cared for by our Elder Abuse team, we are truly grateful to be able to spread some festive cheer thanks to the generous donation of food hampers.


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Call to take population ageing more seriously

Ryman Healthcare says the Australian and New Zealand governments need to take the rapid ageing of the population more seriously.

Chief executive Gordon MacLeod estimates there are 143 million people aged over 80 years now and that will jump to 426 million by 2050. And he says the demographic spikes in both New Zealand and the Australian state of Victoria, the regions in which Ryman operates, are accelerating faster than the rest of the world.

"It's taken 200,000 years to get to 125 million and it's going to take just 30 years for it to triple. It's an extraordinary change," MacLeod says.

"It's a massive long-term change and the conversation needs to change," he says, adding that some people wrongly believe it's only a temporary spike.

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Retiring comfortably in a city? Better save $800k

Superannuation won't even cover the basic cost of living for most retirees, Massey University researchers are warning - and you'll be caught out if you have money sitting in the bank, too.

The Westpac Massey Fin-Ed Centre has updated its Retirement Expenditure Guidelines.

They are produced annually and calculate what people currently spend to maintain either a "no frills" retirement or a "choices" existence with a few luxuries.

The costs are calculated for households of one and two people, in metropolitan and provincial areas.

A two-person household with a no-frills life in provincial New Zealand had to top up the least, at $7.36 a week.

A two-person household in a big city with a choices lifestyle would have to add in an extra $800 a week.

That meant a two-person household living in the city would need to have saved $787,000 to fund a "choices" lifestyle, while a couple living in the provinces would need to have saved $493,000. That assumes that the money is used up through retirement.

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Dispelling dementia myths

By 2050, the number of New Zealanders with dementia will be able to fill Wellington’s Westpac Stadium five times.

It’s a statistic that makes dementia one of New Zealand’s most pressing health challenges.

While the impact of dementia on our society as a whole may be well known, many Kiwis don’t understand what the condition means at an individual level.

According to research commissioned by Public Trust and Dementia New Zealand, 67% of New Zealanders think there is no available treatment for dementia, while 42% believe that people with the condition need to be housed in secure units.

Paul Sullivan, CEO of Dementia New Zealand, says people tend to associate cure with treatment.

"They think because there is no cure for conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, it means that nothing can be done to improve people’s lives. That’s simply not the case.

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Member, Volunteer and Client End of Year Celebration
We are looking forward to saying 'thank you' to our Members, Volunteers and Clients tomorrow at midday at the Celebrating Age Centre. We have a great line up of entertainment and games to get everyone into the festive spirit. 

Weekly Fixtures At The Celebrating Age Centre

A wide range of activities take place weekly and monthly at the Celebrating Age Centre, see below and contact us on 07 838 2266 for more details. 

9.30-10.15: Zumba Gold
10.00-11.30: Greypower Seminar (no charge)
11.00-12.00: Tai Chi

9.30-10.30: Sit and Be Fit

10.00-12.00: Chinese Golden Age Society Programme

10.00-11.00: Upright and Active
1.00-2.30: Tai Chi
1.00-3.00: U3A French

9.30-11.00: Friday Education Seminar Session:

6 Dec - Member and Volunteer End of Year Function
7 Feb - Welcome to 2020
14 Feb - Valentines Day - A Walk Through the Ages
21 Feb - Cascades - Retirement Apartments
28 Feb - Jodie Collins - Confessions of a Business Owner

(Most activities have a small cost component)

RECIPE: Fish Cakes

Summer has arrived and it can only mean one thing; it's time for fish and chips. Enjoy these delicious crispy fish cakes. This recipe can be found on the Senior Chef website. 
Read the latest issues of Senior Watch for articles on topics including:

Assisted dying in NZ - Read more

Bill Ralston: Why I'm saying sorry, millennial - Read more

Death of Levin 90-year-old after beating prompts reassurances Read more

Read these recent issues in full:

Senior Watch 25th November 2019     2nd December 2019
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