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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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Grandmothers are essential for society

I first came across this hypothesis listening to National Radio, Kim Hill probably, and have since followed it up with some research on the internet – The Grandmother Hypothesis. The idea was posited by G.C. Williams that menopause might be an adaptation that allows older females to redirect their reproductive efforts into increased support of existing offspring – i.e. the

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The Conman Who Came to Stay

“The Conman who Came to Stay”* was the front-page headline that appeared in the Dominion Post last month. A 77 year old on the run from police charmed his way into several women’s lives and houses and although he promised to pay rent, he never did and they were all left out of pocket. There

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International Day of Older Persons

1 October is International Day of Older Persons. Councils in our area took the opportunity to promote a range of activities designed to involve, entertain and amuse our older citizens. One of these was an Older Persons Expo in Hutt City. Age Concern Wellington staff arranged a stand to publicise our services and took the

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Surfing the Net may keep Mind Healthier

In New Zealand Dementia affects some 41,000 people and by 2050 is expected to be nearly 150,000. Mild cognitive impairment is often the first sign that the condition is on the way. A recent study of nearly 2000 over 70’s by the Mayo Clinic in the US looked at how everyday activities could ward of

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