America's Cup Magic

Kia ora and welcome to this edition of The Old Times. WOW is the only word that seems to be emanating from my mouth at present. Not only WOW to winning the America's Cup, but a massive WOW for the experience had last weekend in Auckland and the Viaduct. We were so fortunate to get into Emirates Team New Zealand's headquarters, view the latest technology and have photos with some of the team; (they were superimposed, however it felt very real). We got up close and personal with both boats, the teams and were enveloped in the atmosphere of the supporters and fans. Well done to all involved, it's a memory to be cherished forever!

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 
13.00 - 15.00 - Mindful Cafe 
(An opportunity for people with mental health conditions and/or disabilities to share their creative skills and socialise)

10.00-11.00: Upright and Active

9.30-11.00: Age Concern Connection Central

March 19 - Job Talk - Life of a Train Driver
March 26 - Hamilton City Council - Long Term Plan

April 9 - Hamilton's treasure - our awa
April 16 - Job Talk - a Pilot's View
April 23 - Top Up - your knowledge on your communication device
April 30 - Phones, tablets and laptops

(Most activities have a small cost component)
Canterbury group launches new role to help over-65s get back into workforce
Age Concern Canterbury has created a new role to help people aged over 65 who have lost jobs due to Covid-19 get back into work.

Its chief executive Simon Templeton anticipates the pandemic’s impact on job losses for this age group will be significant.

He said the new position is needed to help find jobs for those who have become unemployed, because superannuation payments are not high enough for the increasing number of over-65s renting or having to pay off mortgages.

Superannuants receive $424 a week if living alone and $652 a week for married couples who both qualify.  Read more

Elderly fear deportation to pandemic-hit countries

A 97-year-old woman is among those who fear they will be deported from New Zealand to countries ravaged by coronavirus.

Others are in their 70s and 80s and say they face a life of fear and isolation if they have to return to their homelands. They're among thousands of people affected by the government freeze on Immigration New Zealand's parent category.

The policy allowed immigrants whose adult children already had residence or citizenship, to join them - but it was suspended in 2016. It officially restarted last year under different rules, but it was stopped when the pandemic hit without anyone being able to apply.  Read more

Take the Brain Health Challenge
Did you know, by making a few lifestyle changes, you can help to reduce the chances of developing dementia?

Research is also showing that exercising the brain can slow the thinking and functional decline of people with dementia, so these activities will also help you to live well with a diagnosis of dementia.

Learn a bit more about ways you can help to keep your brain healthy by taking our Brain Health Challenge - an easy, four week step by step guide that you can take at your own pace. Read more

Online senior membership scheme promising tailored discounts found to be scam

There’s a proverb in Māori that bears repeating. Mai i te kōpae ki te urupa, tātou ako tonu ai - from cradle to grave, we are forever learning.

Older can mean wiser but it can also mean you’re a bigger target for the dubious offers of online promises.

For the past few months, one called Senior Advantage has been doing the rounds and caught a few silver surfers in its part of the web. There are others, so watch for name changes with similar tactics.

The pitch is crisp, inviting and professional -  join a club featuring tailored discounts from every business you patronise.  Read more  

Mental Health In Retirement: What You Can Do To Stay Healthy And Happy

Retirement can be exciting – coming to the end of your working career with a calendar now open for relaxation and enjoyment is a time many people look forward to.

But the prospect of retirement can also be daunting. Some new retirees worry that their days will have less purpose now that they’re not at work, that they’ll be bored, or that they’ll miss the social connection they had with their co-workers or clients. These concerns are just as legitimate as the excitement of winding up work. Read more 

Go Eco runs a Fair Share Market on the second Saturday of the month from 9am to 12pm. The Market  promotes the sharing of skills and resources to create community and reduce waste, it all runs on a pay it forward philosophy and no money is used.  A number of groups attend the market including a Crop Swap, the Waikato Timebank, and the Repair Co Op. The event is friendly and of course free, I think it may be of interest to the Celebrating Age community too.
The Repair Co Op has just lost its electrical test and tag wizard and they are looking  for someone who enjoys repairing small electrical appliances and can do so safely. They are a friendly team and welcome anyone who wants to join in and help or learn. They fix small electrical appliances, IT equipment, provide IT advice and repair clothes. At the same time Chain Link is running and they do bike maintenance and repairs. It would be wonderful to know if any of your Tinkers would be interested in joining their little ream to give a hand.


RECIPE: Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted cauliflower florets become sweet, crisp and caramel-brown in the oven. This delicious recipe could be served as an appetizer, a side, or as a snack.

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

Survey Results Raise Concern For The Health And Sustainability Of General Practice - Read more

'Unprecedented' interest in buying rest homes says leading broker - Read more

Oceania Healthcare chief switches camp to Metlifecare - Read more

Contact Age Concern Hamilton

Phone: 07 838 226