New Beginnings

Kia ora and welcome to this edition of The Old Times; Happy Spring! Robin Williams aptly said, 'Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party!'

It's been an exceptionally unusual and uncertain year for most of us, yet the feedback I've received from clients and volunteers is that it's also been one of great reflection. Many people have looked long and hard at their lives, their relationships, their work environments and their overall well-being, and have decided to either embrace or cleanse. My wish for you is that no matter what the future holds, you will live each day like it was spring.

Many of you will be aware that I am on annual leave for the month of September. My partner and I are driving down to the South Island and spending three weeks 'tiki touring' around our beautiful country. In my absence, my wonderful colleague Bridgette, will continue to compose and send out The Old Times; I might even ask her to pop in a couple of photos from our trip.

Until next time, take care, be safe and embrace life and your loved ones. 

Best wishes

Lucy Willard
Membership and Events Coordinator

Senior citizens using public transport may fall into contact
tracing void

Age Concern chief executive Stephanie Clare has advised people without smartphones to keep accurate logs of all public transport they use. She recognised contact tracing teams would still be unable to swiftly find passengers in this situation.

“That’s another gap in the information about tracing somebody. The best that they can do is take a note of it and when they are making note in the media about particular routes, they can refer back to their own notes.

 “There is a hole. This is not going to capture everybody ... it means that our seniors won’t be able to travel around as freely as others if they don’t have a smartphone. It means that actually they might depend on neighbours to drive them around, and it’s going to put more pressure on families to look after their seniors.

“There are issues that this does raise with our seniors,” Clare said. - Read More

Medicine Management Service

The aim of the service is to increase and optimise patients adherence to their medication, reduce medication confusion, remove waste, and improve patient self-management.

This service is available FREE to eligible patients across the Waikato including rural areas.   

Home visits (or location of choice) are arranged by qualified Medication Management Pharmacists, who conduct a thorough consultation to discuss medication, lifestyle and health conditions.   If necessary, patients are linked with local health care providers and support groups eg: Diabetes Nurses, Kaumatua support groups, Strong and Stable exercise groups. 

Following consultations reports are written to and if necessary communications are had with patients GPs. 

Eligible patients can be referred directly to MidCPG.  Email:  

Euthanasia referendum: The arguments for and against legalising assisted dying

The topic of assisted dying or voluntary euthanasia has long been debated in New Zealand, and is fraught with emotion on both sides.  

Those opposed say euthanasia weakens society’s respect for the value and importance of human life and can lead to worse care for the terminally ill. Arguments in support of assisted dying say it is a person's right to choose when and how they die, and euthanasia affords them the right to die with dignity.

On October 17, New Zealanders will get to vote on a piece of legislation which would allow eligible terminally ill adults the option to request medication that would end their life, through assisted dying. - Read More

Can't get to a voting place?

There are voting services for people who can't get to a voting place, for example, because of illness, age or disability.

For 2020, if you are unable to get to a voting place, options include applying for postal voting or asking someone to bring you your voting papers. - Read More

Oscar Wilde once said, "memory is the diary that we all carry about with us." As a parent you link  the past to the present - a living record of your family's history.  Keeping a personal account of your memories, whether it's reminiscing about your childhood or recounting amusing family anecdotes, it is a way of sharing your life's experiences and wisdom with the next generation.

Feel free to purchase your copy of  "My Memories" from Age Concern for $25.00


September is Wills Month

Momentum Waikato and Tompkins Wake are making it easy to create or update your Will.

Make a legal Will online for free any time at – once signed and witnessed you can lodge it with a lawyer of your choice.

Or have a free no-obligation 30-minute Will consultation with a lawyer during September. Contact Scott Ratuki via or 07 838 6002.

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. 
Three groups are looking for new members:
Chartwell on Wed at 12.45pm, St Albans Church, Comries Rd, Chartwell
Dinsdale Wed 10am, St Clare’s Church, Tuhikaramea Rd, Dinsdale
Hillcrest Wed 9.30am, Hillcrest Baptist Church, Knighton Rd, Hillcrest
If you'd like to join a group please call Margrit on 838 2266 to book your place. 


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

Sept 4 - Cooking with Shanti
Sept 11 - Inter-generational Meeting
Sept 18 - Relaxation - the science of breath and sound healing
Sept 25 - Age Concern Annual General Meeting & Guest Speaker

Oct 2 - Business Changes Since Lockdown
Oct 9 - Chris with Cafe Cruize Music
Oct 16 - Arboretum Visit
Oct 23 - Springtime Food Treats
Oct 30 - Age Friendly Hamilton Update
(Most activities have a small cost component)


These delicious mini quiches are ideal served with salad for lunch or a light meal - Recipe

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

COVID-19: Anger as Auckland rest home keeps elderly in rooms for five days as precaution - Read More

Mortgage Deferral Scheme Not The Only Solution For Older Kiwis - Read More

Seniors supported in technology transition - Read More

Contact Age Concern Hamilton

Phone: 07 838 2266