Elf Lucy and Santa's Lil' Helper Maisey

Kia ora and welcome to this edition of The Old Times. A wonderful end of year function was held at the Celebrating Age Centre last Friday. To all of you who joined us, we hope you had as much fun as we did!

I've surprised myself this year having completed my Christmas shopping with a month to spare; I think the thought of jostling with last-minute shoppers scared me into action!

My dear friend, Michele M. Tugade, Ph.D., a Professor of Psychology at Vassar College in the United States has written an article on 'Finding Gratitude in Challenging Times' which I am very proud to share. It's a reminder that we can always be grateful for something, no matter how small. I am grateful to be working for Age Concern Hamilton in a role that I love!

Best wishes for the week ahead.

Lucy Willard
Leader Volunteer Services


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

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)
Age Concern is looking for a part time casual Chef to join our health promotion team
Do you know anyone who may be interested?
A retired home economics teacher?
A chef with food safety certificate?
Contact us and let’s talk!
Ring Margrit 838 2266
Finding Gratitude in Challenging Times
The physical and psychological benefits of appreciating the little things.


The holiday season is upon us, and no other time does it feel like we are “expected” to be joyful and happy. This can be especially challenging, as pandemic-related stress continues to hold steady. Feelings of frustration, fear, and anger are rising as individuals struggle through uncertain times. This Thanksgiving, it may be best to forget about even trying to pretend things are normal. Instead, let’s find new ways to connect—from a distance—with loved ones, family, and friends.

These are challenging times, to be sure. Feeling grateful might make us feel inauthentic, frustrated, or guilty. Learning how to manage these varied emotions is an essential aspect of human flourishing. Science shows that cultivating gratitude authentically, especially in the midst of adversity, can enhance your mind and body in important ways.  Read more  

‘I’m a technophobe’ - Judy Bailey’s mission to get more people into online banking 

She may have mastered the art of broadcasting, but Judy Bailey admits she was very much a reluctant beginner when she first ventured into the world of online banking. And, much like news reporting, banking is built on trust.

Bailey says it took her a while to put her faith in digital payments.

"I've been banking online now for a long time. It really was the convenience of it that attracted me in the beginning, but I am a technophobe, so if I can do it, anybody can."

Bailey says she was nervous to begin with, thinking pushing just one wrong button might make her money disappear, but as a Westpac digital banking spokesperson, she’s learned that making a mistake like that is practically impossible. Read more

Trade Me brings back Kindness Store to help Kiwis in need this Christmas
Trade Me has announced its reopening the Kindness Store for the 2020 festive season to help make the season a little brighter for thousands of Kiwis supported by Women’s Refuge, Age Concern, and Foster Hope.

The Kindness Store is an online charity shop where Kiwis can buy items the three charities will give to the people they help throughout New Zealand.

Trade Me spokesperson Logan Mudge said the success of the Kindness Store last Christmas and during the COVID-19 pandemic proved that New Zealanders love an opportunity to help their fellow Kiwis.

"Christmas is a fun-filled and exciting time for many but for our most vulnerable it can be really tough. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Women’s Refuge, Age Concern and Foster Hope to help get these Kiwis the stuff they shouldn’t have to go without. Read more
Rest home profit down as costs go up to remain Covid-free
The Arvida Group's net profit for the six months to September is down by 7 percent on last year to $41.8 million, as it incurred one-off costs of about $5m to prevent the coronavirus from entering its villages.

Chief executive Bill McDonald said a number of costs associated with Covid-19 dented its bottom line.

"As an essential service additional costs were incurred to maintain Covid-free and safe communities for our residents. We have been successful in remaining Covid-free having had no positive cases recorded amongst our 4750 residents or 2600 staff."

McDonald said it spent $5m extra on extra staff, increased pay for front line staff, and purchased more personal protective equipment (PPE). Read more


RECIPE:  Christmas Tree Platter

Christmas is just around the corner, with celebrations to match.  Why don't you try our Christmas tree platter for your next outing? 

You can use whatever takes your fancy - crackers, cheese, carrot and cucumber sticks, nuts, cherry tomatoes, gherkins, strawberries and arrange them in the shape of a Christmas tree, with a cheese star on top. 

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

Vulnerable elderly clamouring to be first in line for COVID-19 vaccine in New Zealand - Read more

Digital dilemma for bank branch users - Read more

Could Boomer Tax be a glimpse of the future and help solve generational inequality? - Read more

Contact Age Concern Hamilton

Phone: 07 838 226