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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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Companion Walking Service – Joe and Monika

Getting the right match is an important part of the Companion Walking Service, so that both the volunteer and the client enjoy their weekly appointments. Joe and Monika are both immigrants with very different backgrounds and cultures, but they get on well together, so the match works. They met up when Joe sought a walking

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Age Concern’s position on key election issues for seniors

In the run-up to the general election on 14 October 2023, Age Concern New Zealand has issued a document listing key issues of concern for older people in New Zealand. The aim is to inform aspiring politicians and the wider New Zealand population of these issues and advocate for action to address and improve the

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Social Work Intern – Mallory Glasse

At Age Concern Wellington Region, we have been fortunate to have Mallory Glasse working with us as a Social Work intern for the past four months. Mallory has successfully completed not only her internship with us, but after 4 years of study, her Bachelor of Social Work from Open Polytechnic. We congratulate her on this

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Seniors Week Around Wellington

For Seniors’ Week (first week of October), Wellington City Council has put together a fantastic booklet packed with loads of activities and events around Wellington. Pick up your copy at a library around Wellington, or call us on 04 499 6648 and we’ll post a copy to you. You can also view the booklet here:

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What is a will and why do you need one?

The Public Trust advises that having a will is one of the most important things you can do for your family. Some people think assets and special possessions will automatically go to your spouse or your next of kin if you don’t have a will in place, but this isn’t always the case. “Wills help

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Champion Donor from Across the Seas

A wise 15-year-old once wrote in her diary… ‘no one has ever become poor by giving.’* After 30 plus years of child sponsorship, mainly in developing countries, my last sponsored child had turned 18. I decided to set my sights closer to home, and focus on the unseen, the unheralded, the ones whose photos were

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ACC’s new strength and balance app

ACC has launched a free, balance exercise app, Nymbl. https://youtu.be/71g4-U8zZ5Y Being in control of your health and wellbeing is so important for living a fulfilling life. Nymbl enables you to regularly do balance exercises, wherever you are, whenever you want, improving your balance, and enabling you to keep doing the things you love. Whether you

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The Mahi Aroha Awards 2023

Celebrating Volunteers at the Mahi Aroha Awards The 2023 Volunteer Wellington Mahi Aroha Awards took place in June, during National Volunteer Week. This event recognises outstanding individuals and organisations for their exceptional contributions to the community. The awards ceremony was held at the KPMG offices in Wellington, and brought together inspiring stories, the spirit of

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