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Remember December – Supporting Someone with Dementia

* reprinted with permission from Dementia Wellington. Christmas means many things to many people — from food, family and festivities to religious observance and quiet reflection. But for people affected by dementia it can be more difficult. Here are 8 ways you can support people with dementia at Christmas. There is always so much to

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Making Social Justice a Top Priority Drives Age Concern Volunteer

Volunteers are one of the most important parts of the operations of Age Concern Wellington Region as they enable us to reach seniors all over the Wellington Region. Sheila is one of our valued volunteers managing the Pop-up Hub for Seniors at the Community Centre in Manners Street. She shares her story and reasons for

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Welcome to Nicky Fairbairn – Companion Walking Service

Nicky was homegrown on the Kāpiti Coast before heading to Otago University to study Physical Education and Exercise Science. She took off on her OE back in the 90s, having no inkling that it would last over 20 years. Nicky worked at the forefront of the health, fitness and wellbeing industry in Southern California before

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READ AGE CONCERN’S LATEST NEWSLETTER HERE…

KIA ORA Just a few short weeks away from Christmas, the Age Concern Wellington Region office has been buzzing with Christmas cheer. We even put our Christmas tree up yesterday (a little early, yes)… Do you have any fun Christmas traditions you’d like to share with us? We’d love to hear from you: There’s

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READ AGE CONCERN’S LATEST NEWSLETTER HERE…

KIA ORA Hasn’t the warm weather been lovely in the Wellington Region this past week? Although it seems to have disappeared today! But summer does feel like it’s around the corner. There’s plenty of news, information and more in this newsletter, including resources from some of the presentations at the Steady As You Go and

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Phone Friends who Care About Each Other

Good karma results from good deeds done for others. “Phone Friend” volunteer Kitty Young discovered this with her clients recently when circumstances disrupted her usual calling arrangements. That is when the good karma kicked in. Kitty volunteered for the “Phone Friend” service with Age Concern about twelve months ago and began with three clients. One

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Welcome Steph Deegan – Communications and Fundraising Assistant

Steph joined our Communications and Events Team in August 2023. Married with two children and a proud Wellingtonian, Steph is a self-confessed ‘jack of all trades’. She spent 8 years working and travelling overseas. As well as her years in hospitality she has worked in health and wellbeing, counselling and working with physically disabled members

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Celebrating Seniors’ Week 2023 at Age Concern Wellington Region

October saw the beginning of Seniors week and it was all action at Age Concern! In partnership with Wellington City Council, we hosted a raft of events around the Region. Steady As You Go classes continue to be popular with the senior members of the community who choose to keep active. Having an inside option

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Home Economist Heather

The headlines advise that the rate of inflation is declining: all that means is that prices are still rising, but at a slightly lower rate than previously. It seems food prices and just about everything else are out of control, but Heather has adapted, and developed a few systems that give her some control over

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Making Connections – Select Resources

From Pain Management to Scam Prevention, speakers at our recent Making Connections Day on 4 October 2023 gave some fascinating talks. Some of our speakers offered to share more information about their talks, and here is a selection of additional resources: Aged Care Commissioner Carolyn Cooper has made the PowerPoint presentation from her speech available

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Welcome Vanessa – new Events Coordinator

Vanessa Lavatai is our new Events Coordinator. She joined our team in July 2023, and is replacing Kirsten Blyde. But don’t worry, Kirsten is still very much part of the Age Concern team (Kirsten’s now focusing all her time on coordinating the Visiting Service). Vanessa is a fun-loving, adventurous person. Not much frightens her (aside

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