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Helping seniors with technology

Nothing changes faster than technology! For many seniors, the rapid pace of change with technology can cause stress and worry, especially when the way we do everyday things like banking is being steered online. Age Concern’s Tea and Tech day is all about helping seniors build confidence online and with their devices. It’s a drop-in

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Intergenerational Connections

Once a month, Age Concern Wellington Region runs a coffee group at Te Pokapū Hapori – Y Central. From time to time, Best Start Leeds Street and Te Pokapū Hapori/Wellington City Council collaborate with Age Concern to turn the morning into an intergenerational event. For a couple of hours, the venue makes space for seniors

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Planning for the Future

Sue Doris likes making a difference in people’s lives, and volunteers for Age Concern Wellington Region as a visitor for two older people. She enjoys knowing that she has a positive impact in both her clients’ lives. In their own way, each client has become an important friend. “I get my motivation from my parents

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Welcome Mallory, Social Work Intern

At Age Concern, we enjoy hosting and mentoring interns to give them work experience. Mallory Glasse, a Social Work student, began working with us recently for four months as part of her training. Mallory has completed four years of her Social Work course at the Open Polytechnic, which has all been done by distance learning

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Improving Your Social Connections

One of the issues facing older people these days is the tendency for families to be widely dispersed. Recently, a client of Age Concern noted that her two daughters lived in Australia and her son was disabled and could not go anywhere easily. Since her husband died, she had been living at home, on her

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A Birthday Celebration for a 101-Year-Old

Margaret Balneaves is 101 years of age. She’s welcomed me into her home on a windy afternoon. Her hands are cold, but her bright blue eyes and pink outfit give her a playful, almost youthful appearance. She smiles as she tells me about her three children, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Her home is warm

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Retirement Villages, Rest Homes, Residential Care Facilities

Rest homes and residential care facilities are becoming more prominent in New Zealand’s healthcare system, with residential accommodation and varying degrees of care and support for older people and those with disabilities. While they can be the right choice for some seniors, they can sometimes be expensive and have terms and conditions that can be

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Scams: Pause, Reflect & Protect

We have noticed an increase in phishing and other scam-like activities. From phone calls and text messages saying you owe money, need to claim a parcel, or must renew an important document, to emails and letters claiming to want to give you money, there are countless approaches out there. Sadly, it’s important to be on

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Age Friendly Cities and Communities

Ageing populations and urbanisation are expanding rapidly around the world, so more cities and communities are committing to becoming better places in which to grow older. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has determined that making our communities more age-friendly is an essential ingredient in programmes to maximise opportunities offered by longer lives. The Organisation recently

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Save on Power Bills

As if increased grocery prices were not enough, the daily fixed charge levied by power companies for consumers on a Low Fixed Charge plan is also going up in stages over the next few years. The increase is aimed at covering the costs of having access to a power supply in your house. Consumer NZ

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Are Extended Warranties a Waste of Money?

Extended warranties are offered by retailers to provide cover for the cost of repairs in case of product faults after the manufacturer’s warranty has expired. But the extra expense involved in these extended warranties are generally a waste of your money, according to Consumer NZ. You’re usually already covered. Under the Consumer Guarantees Act (CGA),

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