Kia ora and welcome to this edition of The Old Times;  I thought I would share a little funny moment from my children - Came back into the lounge and saw my 1 year old had felt pen on her face and my 3 year old had felt pen on her face, hands and arms.  I said why is there felt pen on you? My 3 year old answers - "Mum we are being Taniwha's", I had no come back for that but laugh and share this with their grandparents.     

Best wishes

Bridgette Saunders
Visiting Service Coordinator

International Day of Older Persons 
As you know, Age Concern strives to honour older people every day. This Thursday, 1st October is International Day of Older Persons (IDOP), a United Nations initiative celebrated around the world. It’s a time for everyone, families and organisations to acknowledge and say thank you for the huge contribution older people make to communities throughout New Zealand. We’d love to extend a warm invite for you to join us at the Celebrating Age Centre at 10am for a cuppa and a 2 hour live stream webinar from Wellington; the topic is Vision for Ageing in Aotearoa 2020.
The webinar will be presented by:

Professor Paul Spooley  - Why Ageing is Central to a Present and Future New Zealand

Greg Ward - Moments that Matter: The Power of Now - with IDOP focus
Fraud and Scams Awareness
Phishing emails trick victims into giving out personal information such as bank account numbers, passwords and credit card details. A common form of phishing involves the impersonation of trusted organisations such as banks, telecommunications providers or government departments. This can occur via emails, text messages, or over the phone.
Recently we have seen phishing emails from DHL, New Zealand Transport Agency, Paypal, TradeMe and Inland Revenue -
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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. 
 Auckland retirement village recreates Justin Timberlake music video shot-for-shot
One of Ryman’s Auckland rest homes the residents and staff there have recreated Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop the Feeling music video shot-for-shot. - Read More
72-year old New Zealand Cancer Survivor Walking Towards A Cure

A 72-year-old New Zealand woman has captured the hearts of the town of Russell in the Bay of Islands, walking her way to better health and raising money for cancer research.

Dianne Wynyard is raising funds for the Hawaiian Women's Cancer Challenge supported by property group Hawaiian, to help deliver world class medical research that can save and change lives. - Read More

Rent Increase Freeze Ends

The rent increase freeze ends on 25 September 2020. Rent increases can take effect from Saturday 26 September 2020.

Under new rules introduced by the Government earlier in August, landlords can only increase rent once every 12 months.  This means that landlords need to be aware that if they gave a rent increase notice on or after 12 August 2020, the rent increase can only come into effect at least 12 months after the last increase.  If a landlord gave a rent increase notice on or before 11 August 2020, then the old rules apply, which limit rent increases to once every 180 days. - Read More

Bequests Flow Story

Leaving a bequest in their Wills towards the future of the Waikato is an important priority for a couple looking to give back to the region they love to call home. - Read More  

Covid-19 Voting Resources

A range of measures will be in place to help keep voters safe at the October election including contact tracing, using hand sanitiser on the way in and out of voting places, managing queues and allowing more room for physical distancing inside voting places.

We will be increasing the size and number of voting places to give everyone more space. Advance voting will start in New Zealand on 3 October and voting will end at 7pm on election day, Saturday 17 October.

We encourage you to bring your own pen to mark your voting papers, but there’ll be pens available if you forget. - 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

Oct 2 - Jodie - Business After 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)


Ambrosia a lovely treat, creamy, fruity goodness with the texture - Recipe
Read the latest issues of Senior Watch for articles on topics including:

Dementia - The Curve We Can't Flatten - Read More
Breaking down barriers to social connection - Read More
We're Still Here - Read More

Contact Age Concern Hamilton

Phone: 07 838 2266