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Remembering Emily

  When the Companion Walking Service was set up in 2020, we needed a bank of volunteers ready for when the referrals started to come in. At that time, I belonged to an exercise group in Karori and over coffee told the group about my new job. One member of the group, Delyse, was particularly

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Hutt City Civic Award Nominee, Volunteer Carol Bradnock 

  As a child, Carol Bradnock liked to help seniors because they often looked sad and she wanted to help make them happy. Perhaps it’s because she has a lot to live up to (her grandfather founded the Rātana movement and her grandmother was Iriaka Rātana, the first woman to represent Māori in the New

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Walking at 94 Years Old

In recent years, Gordon Stuart Sutherland has had a few falls. At 94 years old, Gordon is strong and active but his balance increasingly fails him. “I fell in the garden a few weeks ago when I was taking some recycling outside. I called for help, but no one heard me. All the neighbours are

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In Case You Missed Curious Conversations One: Anna Fifield

Anna Fifield – Editor, The Dominion Post Anna is the Editor of The Dominion Post based in Wellington. Previously, she was the Beijing bureau chief for The Washington Post and she focused her attention on news and issues of Japan, North Korea, and South Korea. She has been to North Korea a dozen times. You can watch

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Phone Connections

Connection brings a sense of wellbeing full of positive implications: fulfilment, belonging, happiness, even oneness with the world around us… But what happens when life circumstances disconnect us? “We all need connection to other humans,” SockHwee says gently. When humans become disconnected from others, their sense of wellbeing often fades and their overall health is

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MEDIA RELEASE – Two in Three Seniors Staying Home as Much as Possible

MEDIA RELEASE Wellington (Monday, 14 March 2022) – Almost two-thirds of Wellington’s senior population are currently staying home as much as possible, according to a new survey by Age Concern Wellington Region (ACWR). Age Concern wanted to discover more about what was happening for seniors as large numbers of the population begin to be impacted

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Opinion: What’s in a name?

Volunteer Mick Calder writes about the current trend of moving way from the term ‘elderly’ There is an ongoing global debate about describing older people as a group. The trouble is in finding a satisfactory word to refer to a very heterogeneous collection of citizens over the age of 65 years. As soon as you

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From Hiking in the Himalayas to Taking a Few Steps With a Crutch

“I was 13 when Edmund Hillary came to speak at my high-school. He described the Himalayas and talked about his experiences, and I wondered if I’d ever manage to get there.” Sir Edmund started a dream for Catherine, and she’s been there 16 times since then. Catherine has trekked through 53 other countries, but her

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On the Other End of the Phone

If you ring Age Concern Wellington Region (ACWR), more often than not, Ann Dalziel will respond. She is the “go-to” person at ACWR who will most likely be able to help you. She is a patient listener, and as a last resort, has a list of contacts that rivals the Yellow Pages (remember them?). During

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Walking Works

Most older people are probably not aware that they are victims of Sarcopenia, but are likely to be aware of its effects. A quick online ‘consultation with Doctor Google’ will advise that Sarcopenia is the fancy medical term for muscle wasting – general loss of muscle mass, strength and function which is a consequence of

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The Gentle Art of Beading

Age Concern recently hosted a beading session under instruction from Canbead volunteers at the Linden Community Hub with 24 people attending including Stephen Opie and Kirsten Blyde from Age Concern. The Community Hub meeting is a monthly gathering following the regular Steady as You Go sessions. CanBead was inspired by Sarah Clifford who was given

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