News & Blog

Ready for an Emergency?

Are our older people prepared for an emergency?  A survey of older people using Age Concern Wellington’s Accredited Visitor service.  Compiled for Age Concern Wellington by Judith Davey, 26 March 2020   Long before we’d heard about Covid-19, Age Concern Wellington ran an emergency preparedness survey: we asked many seniors how well prepared they are for an

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Covid-19 and the AVS

Our Accredited Visitor Service (AVS) has been temporarily adapted to keep people as safe as possible. Rather than volunteers visiting older people, we’re asking our volunteers to phone or even write letters if they wish. Our volunteers should all have received the following information the week of 16 March 2020: Stop face-to-face visits to your

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Falls Prevention

When Helen Carrington, Physiotherapist (Wellington ORA Community Team) gave a talk on Falls for Age Concern Wellington, many of our volunteers were interested to gain her insight. As not everyone was able to attend, here is a summary of the talk. Falls are the most common cause of injury in older people. More than a

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A Few Legal Terms Explained

Age Concern Wellington has recently come to an agreement with Mahony Horner Lawyers to offer discounted services to our members. To help our clients understand some of the frequently-used legal terms, Siri Nicholas from Mahony Horner Lawyers has written a few lines for us. To benefit from discounted legal services, please become a member of

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Grief and Loss

Age Concern Wellington recently collaborated with Skylight to offer our volunteers a Grief and Loss talk. The presentation was full of useful information, which is summarised here: The mix of thoughts, feelings and reactions we experience when we’re faced with any kind of difficult change or loss is called grief. It is a natural human

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Sleep and Healthy Ageing

Sleep is a basic human right. We all do it, and by the time we’re 65 we will have slept approximately 22 years! But as we get older sleep typically becomes lighter and more fragmented. Many also experience early morning awakenings and increase in daytime sleepiness or napping. This has been related our changing physiology

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Karori Karnival

On Sunday 16th February 2020, some of the Age Concern Staff and volunteers attended the Karori Karnival. The fun started in putting up the Marquee; thankfully Lynn’s husband was on hand to nip home and get extra weights to hold down the marquee. Then there was putting up the balloons! A great time was had

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Age Concern Wellington Spins

Age Concern Wellington staff recently joined many of you for a one hour hands-on Spin Poi workshop. The session was led by poi and health exponent Dr. Kate Riegle van West. Poi is said to improve your physical and mental wellbeing. We attempted poi moves which challenged our bodies and minds, learned about Poi for

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Companion Walking Service Update

We recently launched the Companion Walking Service. This new service matches volunteers with people over 65 who find it difficult to get out and about on their own. The journey so far! The programme is now receiving referrals from the physiotherapy department, Huntleigh Apartments, Karori as well as relatives contacting Age Concern through the website. We know

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Take a walk with us!

This month we are launching our new Companion Walking Service. It’s well-known that exercise relieves tension and stress, boosts physical and mental energy and enhances well-being through the release of endorphins, but did you know that walking is one of the best forms of exercise? Walking has been shown to have many benefits – it

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Get password smart!

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the changes that we’ve experienced over the last decade or so. We now bank, shop and communicate online. We access many services simply by logging in to an online account or social media platform. We also share some of our most important information online — about ourselves, our

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The benefits of volunteering in retirement

When was the last time you volunteered to help someone? How did it make you feel? It’s easy to see the positive impact that volunteers have on others, but we don’t often consider how rewarding it can be for the volunteer themselves to reach out and make a difference in someone’s life. Here are five ways volunteering can benefit seniors

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