Breathtakingly Beautiful 

Kia ora and welcome to this edition of The Old Times. Isn't the above photo incredible! This was taken whilst on our boat ride to see the whales in Kaikoura. To me it looks like this Dusky Dolphin has it's own aura; something mythical and absolutely magical about it. 

As the world waits with baited breath for the results of the US elections next week, let's remember how fortunate we are to live at the 'bottom of the world', in our own stunning Aotearoa, and live each day to the fullest.

Best wishes

Lucy Willard
Visiting Service Coordinator

Frail, Older People Encouraged To Get Up, Get Dressed And Get Moving For A Timely Recovery 
It’s been described as one of the greatest public health challenges of our time - on a par with smoking and obesity. It’s linked to heart disease and Alzheimers, and in the United Kingdom they’re taking it so seriously they’ve created a ministry for it: The Ministry of Loneliness.

Now efforts to combat it here have gone up a notch too, with the launch of a new website aimed at anyone experiencing or concerned about loneliness.

The Let’s End Loneliness website has been set up by the New Zealand Coalition to End Loneliness, a group of seven organisations all involved in bringing people together in different ways. It includes Age Concern, St John, the Student Volunteer Army, The Salvation Army, Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association, Alzeheimers New Zealand and Carers New Zealand.

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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)
10.30 -11.30: Chinwag Cafe (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 30 - Age Friendly Hamilton Update

Nov 6 - Jodie - Business During and After Lockdown
Nov 13 - Arboretum Visit - Leave Celebrating Age Centre 10am
Nov 20 - Westpac - Scan savvy and banking alerts
Nov 27 - Operating the Managed and Isolation Quarantine facilities in Hamilton

Dec 4 - End of year Function for Age Concern Members and Volunteers

Feb 12 - What 2021 Involves for us all?
Feb 19 - Betty Peck, Author and Poet
Feb 26 - Intergenerational Event

March 5 - The e-bike Revolution
(Most activities have a small cost component)
What Is NZ Super For? Purpose Of NZ’s Retirement Income System Defined

The first statement defining the purpose of New Zealand’s retirement income system has been released by Retirement Commissioner Jane Wrightson.

New Zealand Superannuation and retirement savings plans such as KiwiSaver together form the retirement income system, but until now there has been no definition of what that system should achieve. There is no definition of the role of NZ Super in the Superannuation and Retirement Income Act.

“During the Review of Retirement Income Policies last year it was clear New Zealanders had deeply held views on the role of NZ Super, but they differed,” says Wrightson. “Some considered it was there to prevent poverty and ensure people retained dignity in old age, others saw it as providing a basic standard of living, as a gesture of care for the elderly or as a reward for working hard and paying taxes.

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Macular Degeneration Awareness week is fast approaching and this campaign aims to highlight what New Zealanders risk losing if they don't take their eye health seriously.

Leading into the campaign, MDNZ launched a photographic competition asking people to enter their photo of their most "Beautiful New Zealand View". The competition was publicised through NZ Herald Travel supplement, through Facebook and Instagram, and we received an amazing 503 entries.

Photos were shortlisted by the judging panel which included actress and TV presenter Shavaughn Ruakere, landscape photographer Rach Stewart and nutritionist Claire Turnbull, before being put to a public vote to find the top ten.

During Awareness Week, look out for the top ten photographs that will appear on billboards in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch. They will also be promoted in newspapers, online news sites, MDNZ Viewpoint newsletter, Facebook and Instragram. To see more pictures, click here

Covid 19 coronavirus: What you need to know about NZ's vaccine announcement 
What's been announced? A deal that would get New Zealand about 1.5 million Covid-19 vaccines - or enough for 750,000 people.

But that's subject to the makers of those vaccines - Pfizer and BioNTech - successfully completing Phase III clinical trials, and passing regulatory approvals here.

All going well, vaccines could be delivered to New Zealand as early as the first quarter of next year, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods said. 
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Tipple and Topple: Videos warn older Cantabrians about link between alcohol and falls
Age Concern Canterbury is using a new series of videos - dubbed Tipple and Topple - to make elderly people aware of the role alcohol can play in falls.

The new series of 10 videos, funded through a Ryman Healthcare grant of $20,000, are now being used in the community.

The videos are narrated by psychiatrist Dr Matthew Croucher.

"This has already motivated people to think that there are actually quite small changes they can make that don’t cost them anything that will probably make a big difference for their futures,” he said.

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RECIPE:  Two-Ingredient Homemade Ice Cream
This is the easiest recipe for ice cream I have found. Add any extra ingredients (chocolate chips, caramel, vanilla bean, etc.) before freezing! Recipe
Read the latest issues of Senior Watch for articles on topics including:

The future of cash: RBNZ developing strategy to secure its use - Read more

Lonely? New website shows you're not alone - Read more

Contact Age Concern Hamilton

Phone: 07 838 226