Come and join us every Friday at Connection Central

Kia ora and welcome to this edition of The Old Times. Last Friday was a hive of activity at the Celebrating Age Centre with Shanti Ralm demonstrating to 16 of us how to make a traditional Indian curry, as well as preparing delicious chapati. We'd love you to join us from 9.30am - 11.00am each Friday morning to enjoy a guest speaker or a demonstration followed by a cuppa, a natter and some morning tea. It's open to all and we look forward to seeing you.

Stay warm, dry and safe as winter barrels on in.

Best wishes

Lucy Willard
Membership and Events Coordinator

Steady as you go

Looking for a class to improve you balance?

Steady As You Go© is a unique community based falls prevention programme using peer leaders and a central coordinator. The exercises are similar to those learned from a physiotherapist.

  • Include simple exercises, seated in a chair, standing and walking

  • Proven to improve balance, spatial awareness, flexibility and leg strength

  • Participants feel physically better and more able

  • Class members enjoy being with a friendly group of like minded people

  • All participants are encouraged to work at their own pace.

  • Classes are for one hour once per week. 

If you'd like to join the afternoon group starting in Chartwell at 1pm on Wed 15 July at St Albans Church, Comries Rd, Chartwell, please call Margrit on 838 2266 to book your place. 
Does Low Or High Intensity Exercise Strengthen Bones?
This Study Has The Answer

Savers know that regular exercise reduces fracture risk. That's why it's a fundamental part of the Osteoporosis Reversal Program. Since that basic fact is established, scientists have begun seeking more precise answers about which type and duration of physical activity have the greatest benefit.

Today we'll look at the details of a recently-published study that examined the association of physical activity and fracture risk among postmenopausal women. Their findings are a useful tool for pursuing optimal bone health.

The Details Of The Study

“Is the amount and intensity of physical activity associated with total and site-specific fracture among postmenopausal women who participated in the Women’s Health Initiative study?”1

That is the question posed by a team of researchers from across the United States in their study published recently in The Journal of the American Medical Association. The study followed 77,206 postmenopausal women aged 50 to 79 over an average of 14 years, using information they volunteered to the Women's Health Initiative study. 
Read more

Kiwi Access Card - New evidence of identity for Seniors

The card as been specifically designed with New Zealand's over 60s and retired community in mind, to ensure you have a reliable and secure evidence of identity card, that is affordable and that you can apply for easily at a participating NZ PostShop or AA Centre.

The Kiwi Access Card has replaced the 18+ Card. It is the ideal means of identification if you do not have a valid passport and/or driver licence.

You can pick up the application form from a participating NZ Post Shop or AA Centre, or download the form below. The Kiwi Access Card retails at $55 including GST

Learn more


Using Zoom safely

As we change the way we work and play to online, we all need to think about whether the services that we’re using are secure, fit for the information we’re sharing and that we understand the risks that we might encounter.

As with all online services and software, how safe it is and what you can use it for depends on your specific circumstances.


What is Zoom?

Zoom is cloud-based video software which is used for hosting online meetings using video, audio and screen-sharing. This type of software has become popular recently as New Zealanders adopt new technology to manage remote meetings or host social gatherings online.

You may have heard of Zoom in news articles recently about issues around software vulnerabilities, lists of passwords available and outsiders accessing meetings, known as ‘Zoom-bombing’. Given these issues, is it safe to use Zoom?

Learn more

How COVID-19 has impacted you.

COVID-19 has unearthed inequities for people within our access needs community. Stories highlighting confusion over appropriate and safe PPE, difficulty with online shopping, inaccessible technology, and lockdown rules and policies which have more adversely impacted people with access needs, have continued to emerge.

As our country moves into the recover and rebuild phase we need to send a clear message to those leading our recovery to ensure that no one is left behind and build a stronger and more resilient Aotearoa New Zealand by introducing legislation that provides clear standards and guidelines around accessibility.

Let us know how COVID-19 has impacted you.

Assisted Dying And The Social Consequences

In this year’s General Election, New Zealanders will vote in a referendum on the End of Life Choice Act (2019).

“If assisted dying is supported in the upcoming election, it is imperative that it be introduced safely, to support those who want to access it and simultaneously protect our vulnerable populations,” says Dr Rhona Winnington, a lecturer in nursing at Auckland University of Technology (AUT).

Currently, there is not enough detail in the Bill to protect patients and provide adequate wraparound support for family members, she says.

The case study, published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal, reveals first-hand experience of assisted dying (AD) from a relative’s perspective, in a country where it is already legal. Read more


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)

9.30-10.30: Sit and Be Fit

10.00-11.00: Upright and Active
1.00-3.00: U3A French

9.30-11.00: Age Concern Connection Central

July 10 – Our food theme closes with 'History of the Sandwich'

July 17 -  Music therapy taster

July 24 - Get your device needs sorted – Melville High Gateway students will join us for the first of five weeks to help you with your phones, computers or other electronic devices. Bring your IT problems along!

July 31 - Seniornet and Melville High Gateway students – Seniornet describe their extensive offering for older people

(Most activities have a small cost component)


RECIPE: Overnight Oats
This easy breakfast is high in fibre and is a nice twist to your standard porridge or muesli - Recipe

Read the latest issues of Senior Watch for articles on topics including:

Deceptively high kerb causes 'life-changing' injuries to Nelson woman - Read more

Older NZers bear brunt of Covid - Read more

The impact of lockdown on social isolation among older people - Listen here

Contact Age Concern Hamilton

Phone: 07 838 2266