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Age Concern Tauranga

First Call For Elder Needs

December 2013

177a Fraser Street, Tauranga. Ph: 578 2631

Inside this issue:

This Newsletter is sponsored by Bob Owens Retirement Village a Ryman Village - We proudly support Age Concern Tauranga.

This Month

Tauranga Intermediate School entertaining members of Age Concern.

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Supreme Winner of the 2012 TrustPower Community Awards Tauranga

Travel Assistance 2

Message from Mike 2

Life Tubes 3

Acorn Foundation 3

Blokes Day Out 4

FREE 2014 wall planners 4 Meals for 1 or 2 cookbook 5 Taxi Vouchers 5 What’s On 7

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Our Mission:

Age Concern promotes wellbeing, rights, respect and dignity for older people.

Our Vision:

An inclusive society where older people are connected, supported, empowered, celebrated and respected—Age Concern is the lead organization making this happen.

Travel Assistance

If you, or a family member, need to travel long distances - or frequently - to see a specialist, then you may be eligible for help with expenses under the Ministry of Health's National Travel Assistance Scheme. These expenses may include travel, accom-modation and support person costs.

Eligibility for Transport and Accommodation

To check eligibility criteria and to obtain registration or claim forms go to www.moh.govt.nz/travelassistance For Travel and Accommodation Enquiries

Please contact either:

National Travel Assistance Coordinator

Tauranga (07) 579 8438 , Whakatane (07) 306 0708 OR:

National Travel Assistance Call Centre

HealthPAC, Wellington. Tel: 0800 281 222 (option 2) St John Health Shuttle

If you are not well or have mobility problems that make it difficult to get to your medical appointment, the St John Health Shuttle can take you for treatment or to visit a specialist or hospital for minor day surgery. When your appointment is over, they will be there to pick you up and transport you home again. In return they ask for a gold coin donation to help cover the running costs of the Health Shuttle.

The shuttle runs Monday to Friday (except public holidays). Area covered is Tauranga including Pyes Pa, Ohauiti, Welcome Bay, The Mount and Papamoa as far as Parton Road.

To find out more or book a journey:

Phone Toll Free on 0800 000 606 or Email: enquiries@stjohn.org.nz or Phone: (07) 578 2011 NZ Red Cross Hospital Transport Service

Christmas cheer from here !!.

Hello Everyone ,welcome from the Office for the last Newsletter of the year.

The weather has been great for the past week and we hope it will continue. All the Staff here, Tanya, Andrea, Michelle ,Helen and myself would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Christ-mas. We trust that you will be with family ,but if not, talk to your neighbours and friends, keep warm and safe and try not to be alone over the holidays. We at the office are looking forward to a break with family and friends, some lucky enough to be going overseas. Sincere thanks for all your support over 2013, we have seen an increase in awareness and activity for Age Concern and if you have ideas for activities we would like to hear them. A new programmes in the New Year will be a Falls Prevention Exercise class starting in February and a few other surprises. Watch this space !!!

I would like to express my thanks to the staff, Tanya, Andrea and Michelle and Helen for their efforts this

year and a special thanks to all those many volunteers who have helped in the Office and the Bus

for their very valuable support, not forgetting the vis-itors for Andrea`s AVS service who enlighten the lives of over 100 members during the year.

Our thoughts must go out to the families in the Philippines and all those other tragedies that are happening at present around the world.

From the Board and Staff, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and New Year and look forward to seeing many of you from January 13th onwards. Regards Mike.

On a sadder note I have to inform you that Shirley Gulliver passed away ( November 10th).

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Nearly the end of the year!

Age Concern staff and Board have had a busy year, new initiatives have been successful and more are planned. The Board involvement in the Age Friendly City Strategy has been significant and Age Concern is involved in many of the actions that will, over the next 10 years, make our City a better place for older people. Thank you to all of you who were involved in the consultation process.

Our Seminar series has had excellent attendances again this year and I hope you have enjoyed our monthly meetings, I look forward to seeing you all each month.

The Board wishes you all a healthy, happy Christmas season and a happy New Year.

Angela Scott, Chairperson.

Age Concern LIFE TUBES

A Life Tube can speak for you when you can’t. A special tube contains vital personal information for emergency services in case of accident or illness.

Age Concern Life Tubes are small seal-able plastic containers with a red label. Inside you’ll find a form you can use to communicate any medical conditions, medications, doctor, next of kin, and contact numbers to be used by emergency services coming to your aid in a medical or civil emergency.

The container is kept inside your refrigerator, with a red sticker to alert emergency personnel.

Why the refrigerator?

It has a good chance of surviving earthquakes or floods. It’s distinctive and hard to miss, it can usually be found in the same place, and almost all homes have one. It’s the humble fridge—your emergency information storage vault!

Available at Age Concern Tauranga. Members $ 5.00

Non members 6.00

H

ave you ever stopped to consider how often during your lifetime you and your family have been touched by the efforts of volunteer-led organisations? It may have started with Plunket, then dur-ing the early years it may have been Brownies or Boy Scouts, or the local junior tennis club. Perhaps you’ve had reason to call on St John, the Breast Cancer Support Ser-vice, or someone you love has benefited from the won-derful care of Waipuna Hospice.

We are fortunate to live in a caring society, and no doubt many of us will have reason to call on the services of one of the many organisations that provide the glue that holds our communities together. But these organisations rely on the support of the community as well, if they are to continue to provide their services.

Do you know that you can provide LASTING support for your community, by leaving a gift through the Acorn Foundation? Gifts are pooled and invested, and the investment income is used to support charities and community groups throughout the WBOP region. Giving in your Will is easy – and it doesn’t cost you anything! You can look after your family, and do some-thing for your community as well. Acorn Foundation General Manager Nicky Wilkins and her husband Marcus are leaving 90% of their estate to their four children, and 10% to the community through Acorn. Says Nicky, “First and foremost everyone wants to provide for their family. But we also want to leave something for the community. Our children know and understand this, and it’s just a part of what our family will do.”

If you would like to learn more about giving through the Acorn Foundation, give Nicky or one of the friendly team at Acorn a call on 579 9839, or go to

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BLOKES DAY OUT

Hi, Red here.

What a trip! It was a big day that started at Z BETHLEHEM where our sponsor Dave came and met us on his birthday before taking the rest of the day off. The man is a legend.

Tony, Doug, John, Vern, Peter, Ron, Ewen, first timer Alan and I shot over the Kaimais to Ken ASHMAN’s signal museum just outside Hamilton. The gear he has saved, restored and brought back to working condition was a wonder worth seeing. Ken has a real passion for the railways and was a walking encyclopaedia.

Then as is our custom we went off for lunch. We found the Good George in Frankton, a brewery come bistro which was converted from a church. Right up my good blokes alley

What a year! It has been an honour to meet the blokes in my first year running Z BLOKES DAY OUT. Thank you very much for turning our days out into great adventures. We’ve been to Waihi Karangahake, Papamoa, Rotorua, Matahina, Putaruru, Matamata and Whatawhata.

I’m looking forward to the next Z Blokes Day Out 2014 edition which will start in February so keep watching the Age Concern newsletters to find out where and remember to book in early.

Next year I have planned to go to Hamilton, Pukekohe, Huntly, Katikati, Cambridge and Papa-moa in the first half of the year, who knows where we will end up.

To Dave, Lynette and their local Z Energy teams thank you so much for all your support this year, you’ve made our adventures just that much more special .

Ka kite ano RED

Food bank donations for Christmas

Can you help with toiletries and baby product

items plus any non perishable food items.

Collection box is in our reception area.

Library Corner

I hope you are enjoying the new book covers and reviews on the library website, and the chance to search on so many great online resources. Here’s another tip: if you want to recall what you you have read recently, try this:

Use your library card and pin number to login to 'My Account'. Click on the Checkout tab, then My Checkout History. It's a great memory jogger!

We are steadily increasing our supply of e-books and they have become easier to use now they are free. There are some good step-by-step instructions on the library website on how to get started. Go to our new website http://ent.kotui.org.nz/client/tauranga/? dt=list and click on Tauranga E-books. Unfortunately Amazon has still not yet enabled libraries to lend to Kindles.

Papamoa Library will be closed on Sunday 24th November, for an upgrade of IT. The PCs for public use will be new and broadband will be much faster.

Support for local businesses has been expanded. Our Business Librarian, Michelle, can assist you with research (professional information you cannot find on Google), statistics, business magazines and books. The Learning Centre can provide training on popular computer programmes such as Microsoft Office, use of the internet, and how to apply for jobs online. Please let your friends know this service is available.

And please tell your grandchildren it is time to enrol in the Summer Reading Programme again. Enrolment day is Friday 6th December. If parents can’t get to any of our libraries on the 6th, they can phone 5777 177 to have a folder put aside,

for them to pick up and enrol during the weekend. Due to the popularity of the programme, folders can only be put aside for 2 days.

Jill, Library Manager

Age Concern 2014 Calendar Wall Planners

FREE…. Available in our office.

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Meals for 1 or 2

Inspiration and instruction for cooking for one or two people is being helped with a new book by renowned

culinary experts Simon and Dame Alison Holst.

They have produced their latest recipe book Meals for 1 or 2, with proceeds from copies purchased through Age

Concern, helping fund the organisation’s work and supportive services for people over 65 years of age.

Available in our office, 177a Fraser Street. $20.00 each. Great gift idea!!

If you receive Taxi Vouchers and will require another booklet over the holidays please ring the office before 2pm Tuesday 17 December to receive

them in time.

Garden Elves

Pam, George, Ena & Vern (camera shy) The sun was shining, the gloves were on,

the weeds were gone!

A very big Thank you goes to our members who spent the morning helping in the garden.

Did you know?

Louis Vuitton originally established himself in Paris as a well-known box maker. In 19th-century Europe, box-making and packing was a highly respectable craft. A box-maker and packer custom-made all boxes to fit the goods they stored and personally loaded and unload-ed the boxes.

It took Vuitton only a few years to stake out a reputa-tion amongst Paris's fashionable class as one of the city's premier practitioners of his new craft. After Napo-leon staged his coup and became Emperor NapoNapo-leon III, his wife hired Vuitton as her personal box-maker, which eventually turned into high-class luggage. He was tasked with "packing the most beautiful clothes in an exquisite way".

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www.homehealthandmobility.co.nz

CITY PROPERTY CARE

HOME MAITENANCE

Gardening— Section Tidy Ups—

Window Cleaning—Gutters Cleared-

Tree Pruning– Hedge Trimming—

Odd Jobs.

Pensioner Rates $18 per hour.

For a friendly obligation

free

quote phone Phil 0800 33 44 53

After hours—544 5591

Need Time Out ?

Are you a family caregiver supporting a loved one with their daily needs?

Are you in need of a break ?

If so, maybe Home Instead Senior Care can help!

Whether it is 2 hours a week or 24 hours a day we can help.

Call today to find out how we can help relieve just one of the many worries you face over the holiday season:

A little time out for you! Because we care: 07 571 4228

www.homeinstead.co.nz

Give the Gift with a Bequest

You can continue on helping Age Concern Tauranga, even after you’ve gone.

A bequest in your Will is a wonderful way for you to express your concern and desire to help Age Concern Tauranga fulfil its mission of : “Promoting wellbeing, rights, respect and dignity for older people”

After providing for your family, you can confirm that you want to leave part or all of what is left of your estate to charity.

Bequests can be made in cash, shares, real estate or any other property and can be made by way of gift during your lifetime or an be bequeathed in your will. Leaving a bequest to Age Concern Tauranga Inc If you wish to leave a bequest to Age Concern Tauranga Inc, you would contact your solicitor or trust company and ask for the following clause to be inserted in your Will:

I give Age Concern Tauranga Inc, Charities Commis-sion registration No: CC25758 $... (or a share in the residue of my estate) for the general purposes of the organisation (or for a specific purpose) and I declare that the receipt of the Treas-urer for the time being of Age Concern Tauranga Inc shall be good discharge to my Trustees.

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Christmas and New Year Break

The office will close

Friday 20 December 2013, 11.30am

And reopen

Monday 6 January 2014 at 9.00am

MONTHLY MEETING

When: Thursday 30 January 2014 Where: Tauranga Senior Citizens Club. 14 Norris Street, Tga. Behind Pak n Save. Time: 10.00am—11.30am

Cost: $3pp—refreshments provided. Guest Speaker:

“Eat For Keeps” Leigh Elder. Specialises in the prevention

and management of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

MINIBUS ADVENTURES December 2013 / January2014 Tuesday 10 December Transport to Christmas Lunch

Friday 10 January Te Aroha for lunch with Roland Thursday 30 January Transport to meeting

All lunches are at own cost.

Please Note: To make it easier for the driver, please wait outside by your letter box. All pick up times are approximate.

WALKING GROUP December 2013 / January 2014 All walks start at 10.00am unless stated otherwise. Wednesday 11 December

Ring Renee (576 6699) for details, Karangahake Walk.

Wednesday 22 January

Meet at Kulim Park, Bureta.

Wednesday 29 January

Meet at The Strand, Waterfront.

Wednesday 5 February

Meet at Omokoroa Domain , take lunch.

Wednesday 12 February

Meet at Carmichael/ Millar's Rd car park.

Wednesday 19 February

Meet at 7th Ave, off Edgecumbe Rd

Age Concern Tauranga REGULAR EVENTS

CARD GROUP: A friendly group gets together at 9.30am every Monday (except Public Holidays) held at 177a Fraser Street to play 500 . Refreshments provided. All are welcome. $2.00 donation.

CRAFT / SOCIAL MORNING: A creative and friendly group meets every Tuesday at 177a Fraser Street , 9.30 am - 11.30am . Refreshments provided. Come along and enjoy the fellowship. Bring along your beading, needlework, card making, stamping, knitting etc to show or learn some new techniques. All welcome. $2.00 donations.

WALKING GROUP: A enthusiastic group meets every Wednesday. See above schedule.

Chairperson Angela Scott

Vice Chairperson Debra Jager

Board Members Mary Hack Beryl Michie Ron Scott Evan Turbott

Adrienne von Tunzelmann Anna Bones

Chief Executive Mike Tyrer

Office Administrators Tanya Smith

AVS Coordinator Andrea Billingsley

EANP Coordinator Michelle McGee

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Sender:

Age Concern Tauranga Incorporated

177a Fraser Street, Tauranga. 3112

T 07 578 2631 F 07 578 2015 E ageconcerntga@xtra.co.nz www.ageconcern.org.nz

Age Concern Tauranga Membership Application

Please complete the following and post to:

Age Concern Tauranga, 177a Fraser Street, Tauranga. 3112

Name...

Address ...

………

Telephone...

Donations help us to continue to promote the welfare of older people in Tauranga and are welcomed.

Subscription per household $ 20.00 Donation $... Total $...

Donations tax deductible over $5 Charities Commission

Certificate of Registration Number CC25758

THE VIEWS EXPRESSED IN THIS NEWSLETTER ARE NOT NECESSARILY THOSE OF AGE CONCERN TAURANGA

The inclusion or exclusion of any product does not mean that the publisher advocates or rejects its use.

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