Lest We Forget

Kia ora and welcome to this edition of The Old Times.  As we prepare to celebrate the ‘Knights of Gallipoli’ (as the Anzacs were referred to by the London newspapers), let us remember the sacrifices that were made by our brave soldiers so many years ago. In the words of Laurence Binyon's poem, For the Fallen, 

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
we will remember them.

Enjoy the long weekend and take a moment to reflect on all our blessings, past and present.

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

April 23 - Top Up - your knowledge on your communication device
April 30 - Phones, tablets and laptops

(Most activities have a small cost component)
Eat well = live well

A free Nutrition and wellness course for Seniors 65+
Join us for new recipes and time to share a meal with others

Food glorious food!

Are you worried you are not eating enough of the right food?
Are you bored of cooking the same meals?
Have you recently become the chief cook?
Want new and easy meals?
Want to make sure you have the right stuff in your pantry, just in case?

Venue:  St David’s Church Lounge
   32 Church St,  Te Aroha
Time:     11am – 1pm
Dates:   Tuesdays 4, 11, 18, 25 May 2021
This course runs over 4 Tuesdays mornings.
Contact Age Concern Hamilton 07 838 2266 to register.

Enrolments start soon. Get in quick, it will fill up fast!

Service about social connections

When Peter Williams and Dennis King signed up for Age Concern’s accredited visitor service, they got exactly what they were looking for.

The pair met six months ago – Mr King as a client and Mr Williams as a volunteer.

Mr King had recently moved to Oamaru from Australia to be closer to family – he has a daughter in Christchurch and a son in Weston.

He was signed up for the programme by his daughter, Julie, and soon looked forward to his weekly visits from Mr Williams.

“We get on pretty well,” Mr King said.

“We are on the same wavelength.”

He really valued having someone to talk to, especially after moving countries.

“We are a social animal.” Read more

Rotorua students excited to share stories of elderly in published book

Students from Western Heights High School were excited to see their names published in a book where they have shared the interesting, unique stories of some of Rotorua's elderly.

Age Concern Rotorua organised the intergenerational book project and the book - titled "A Purpose in Life" - is now finished and published.

Some of the students who took part received copies at school on Monday.

Age Concern Rotorua manager Rory O'Rourke says the project was about getting students to interview some of the older citizens around Rotorua who have at some stage given back, and who are still giving back, to the community, and then write their stories.  Read more  

Good ageing starts before 55 (and it's not as simple as eating well and working out)

71-year-old Margaret Ereckson​ is effortlessly peforming abdominal exercises in her hallway to get the perfect photo.

When she was in her mid-60s, the Invercargill woman shed 40 kilograms and began racking up body-building trophies.Since then, the lean fitness machine's detailed daily notes show her regiment and commitment to fitness. Her Fitbit rarely registers less than 20,000 steps a day.

“I record every kilometre I do. I firmly believe if you keep fit it helps as you get old,” she said. “There’s a lot of years behind you and not a lot ahead.”

As a population, we're ageing well. Research shows most older New Zealanders enjoy good physical, mental and social health, but there's no secret to good ageing – academics say growing old well comes down to a lifetime of health impacts. Read more

Collective housing is our future: New report recommends a solution to the housing crisis

Collective housing, which includes co-housing, has come of age.

Not to be confused with old-style communes, modern collective housing developments can include purpose-built, sustainably designed multi-unit projects with shared amenities, such as outdoor living areas and laundries, and spaces that can be booked for large gatherings.

They are designed to be intergenerational, which is a large part of their appeal – residents enjoy belonging to a community. Older people appreciate having the opportunity to help out young families, who in turn value their experience. And all residents benefit from reduced living costs. Read more

Creating a positive future for all

What would ‘A Better Waikato for Everyone, Forever’ actually look like? 

That was a question we asked in our Waikato Vital Signs survey last year, drawing responses from across the region.    

In Hamilton, the dreams were of things like better long distance and city public transport, neighbourhoods safe from crime and traffic, and greater cultural inclusion.

In the Waikato’s towns, locals hope their identity and connection as a community can survive and be strengthened, ideally by their youngsters returning home or not having to leave in the first place.

Across the board, the Waikato Vital Signs submissions characterised a better future as a healthier environment and a sustainably prosperous economy, where the latter supports rather than compromises the former. Read more 

Winter Energy Payment starts in May

The Winter Energy Payment is an extra payment to help with the cost of heating your home over the winter months. The Winter Energy Payment is paid from 1 May to 1 October.

Winter Energy Payment rates for 2021
Single people with no dependent children, $20.46 a week
Couples, and people with dependent children, $31.82 a week

You'll get the Winter Energy Payment automatically along with your other regular payments from Work and Income (either weekly or fortnightly).

The Winter Energy Payment:

doesn't affect your other payments from us, or your Income Related Rent
is a non-taxable payment
can't be paid as a lump sum.

You don't need to apply – if you’re eligible, you’ll get the 
Winter Energy Payment automatically along with your other regular payments from Work and Income.


RECIPE: Curried Kumara and Coriander Soup

A lovely creamy smooth soup.  Perfect for kumara lovers! Recipe

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

Lime scooter rider found guilty of careless vehicle use after badly injuring woman - read more

Fears euthanasia training will just be online course - 
Read more

Dementia patient leaves secure unit undetected after 'wind gust' blows door open - Read more 

Contact Age Concern Hamilton

Phone: 07 838 226