What a great way to start the New Year

Kia ora and welcome to the first of The Old Times for 2021. I sincerely hope that your year has begun on a robust and positive note, and that you've enjoyed the wonderfully warm weather that summer has bestowed on us to date. Most of my time away was spent in Aotea enjoying walks on the beach as well as playing Yahtzee and Uno Flip; if you haven't played them yet, I urge you to, they're addictive! A fabulous picnic at the Hamilton Gardens was a fitting end to a splendid couple of weeks. 

Have a fabulous week and enjoy the next couple of long weekends. 

Warmest regards

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)

9.30-10.30: Sit and Be Fit
10.00 - 12.00pm - Craft and Conversation (beginning 19th Jan 2021) - An opportunity for people with mental health conditions and/or disabilities to share their creative skills

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)
Falls prevention programmes prompt dramatic drop in fall rates

As a former engineer, Palmerston North city councillor Bruno Petrenas has an aptitude for mental arithmetic and puzzles.

But he has recently discovered it’s hard to balance on one foot while counting backwards from 300 in multiples of 11.

The dual challenge is part of an ACC programme working to cut the prevalence of falls among the over-65s.

In the MidCentral Health district, it is one of several programmes helping to more than halve the incidents of hip fractures in a year.

Petrenas said he joined the ACC pilot called NYMBL after seeing the injuries some people suffered from tripping on uneven footpaths. He also realised how many people were in hospital because of falls. Read more

Building solutions for people with dementia

Almost 70% of people living with dementia continue to do so in their own homes, rather than in residential care, despite this, research about building design solutions has primarily focused on residential care.

Building Better Homes and Spaces researchers have recently published two literature reviews examining research related to dementia-friendly housing design. They identify the housing issues for those living with dementia and the gaps around the existing research.

Lead researcher Dr Bev James said housing poses a challenge for many people with dementia, since cognitive impairments can hinder their ability to engage with and adapt to their living environment.

“Ideally, housing should address and adapt to their changing needs. In the review we focussed on building design elements that address entrance and exit solutions; self-navigation; day-to-day self-management and independence; enjoyment and ambience of the home; and the mitigation of behavioural issues that might lead to institutionalisation.”  Read more

New Zealand charities could lose $1.4 billion in donations as cheques are phased out 

New Zealand charities heavily reliant on older donors could lose $1.4 billion annually as banks phase out cheques during the next year.

All major New Zealand banks either already have or are planning to stop accepting cheques in next year, a move that has already raised alarm that some older people without access to the internet could struggle to pay bills.

Michelle Berriman, executive director of charity sector group Fundraising Institute of New Zealand, said people that donated to charities were disproportionately older and paid via cheque. 

She said that some charities received up to 90 per cent of their income by cheque and estimated that annually, in the worst case scenario, charities could lose as much $1.4 billion in the shift.

The SPCA alone received more than 15,000 cheques annually to totalling about $1.5 million. Read more 

Grandmother's independence ends as automatic doors strike again

Daphne Fraser​ had been given a clean bill of health by her GP, but that all ended later in the day when she decided to pop into her local mall.

The 89-year-old broke her shoulder on November 18 when she was knocked to the floor by a set of automatic sliding doors at The Mall​ in Upper Hutt. Her ordeal follows two other incidents involving women who suffered injuries from automatic doors.

It comes as Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) figures show $155,063 was paid out for 121 active claims involving automatic door-related injuries in 2020.

Last Thursday, Fraser finished a seven-week stay in hospital, and she says she’ll never be the same again. Fully independent before the accident, Fraser is now housebound, relying on visits from carers twice a day. She has limited mobility, and has partially lost use of her left arm. Read more

Online shoppers warned of scams and fake websites after Christmas

Online shopping scams are set to skyrocket after Christmas, and bargain hunters are being urged to stay vigilant.  

Figures from Netsafe show that in January 2019, there was a 16.8 percent rise in online scams compared to the month before.

The number of scams then fell in February, when people returned to work.

"Every year when my team returns to work after Christmas they get inundated with people calling about shopping-related scams," Netsafe chief executive Martin Cocker said.

"We're desperately keen to see if we can minimise the number of people that call us and divert people away from those scams."

He said consumers needed to watch out for fake shopping websites selling high-end goods at heavily discounted prices.

Online trading websites, like Trade Me were not immune either, with scammers also targeting those. Read more 


RECIPE:  Baked Pear with Ginger and Walnut

Try this wonderful baked dessert while pears are in season - Read more

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

Senior Advantage charging for freely available deals - Read more

Additional Actions To Keep COVID-19 Out Of NZ - Read more

Why you get fat in your 50s - Read more

Contact Age Concern Hamilton

Phone: 07 838 226