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It’s Elder Abuse Awareness Week – New Zealand wide 15th – 22 June 2015

2015 commemorates 10 years of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day marked around the world on the 15th June. In New Zealand, this marks the start of an entire week dedicated to this important issue.

Age Concern will be holding events throughout New Zealand and speaking through the media to raise awareness of elder abuse and neglect during Elder Abuse Awareness Week.

When: 15th – 22nd June 2015
Where: Nationwide throughout Aotearoa, New Zealand
Find out more about Elder Abuse Awareness Week NZ 2015 on Age Concern’s website

Free Clinics at Heartlands Services Pukekohe in May

Need Help or Free Advice?

Agents visiting in the month of MAY 2013 to offer FREE ADVICE at Heartlands Services, 2 King Street Pukekohe, Ph: (09) 238 6233

MAORI LAND COURT  – Thursday, 2nd May ‘13

  • Advisory services Trusts, Successions and Land Issues

AGE CONCERN  – Monday, 13th May ‘13

  • Advice and support on concerns or matters relating to the elderly

Employment Relations  – Friday, 3rd May ‘13

  • Advice for Employers & Employees, Employment agreements, holidays & leave, minimum wages & record keeping

HOUSING NZ CORP  – No longer offering clinics all enquiries to go directly through the Housing NZ Call Centre by calling: 0800 801 601

Department of Internal Affairs – Friday, 3rd May

  • Community Funding

Inland Revenue Dept – Tuesday, 14th and 28th May

Otara Community Law – Tuesday, 7th and 21st May

  • Provides free legal services to people in Counties Manukau (excluding Mangere).
  • Appointments made directly with the Law office Ph: 09 274 4966                                 

WORK FOCUS – On request

  • Ongoing Job Support for disabled (Mental Illness)

WORKBRIDGE – On request

  • Real jobs for people with disabilities

Appointments can be made through the Heartlands Services Reception Team Ph: (09) 238 6233

Latest Senior Watch from Age Concern: Read Online

Check out the latest Age Concern Update at http://www.ageconcern.org.nz/out-and-about/keeping-connected/age-concerns-seniorwatch

A great collection of news articles and items of interest for older people or those working with them.

Click through at the link above to subscribe to Senior Watch. This is a regular update worth getting.

Volunteer for Age Concern Counties Manukau


Do you have friends, family, colleagues or neighbours who would be interested in becoming am AVS visitor?

All you need is one hour a week and the willingness to provide companionship to an older person

Age Concern are currently in search of new volunteers for the Accredited Visiting Service

Each month Age Concern have around 10 referrals but only 4 new volunteers

Age Concern are looking for volunteers from all over the Counties Manukau DHB area

PLEASE forward this message on to people you think may be interested in volunteering with the Accredited Visiting Service

Want to find out more?

Call Penny Arrowsmith on  279 4331 ext 815

Email margareta@accm.org.nz or  penelopea@accm.org.nz

Or check out the website http://www.ageconcern.org.nz/happiness/keeping-connected/would-you-more-company

Handyman Available for Over-65s from Age Concern

If you are over 65 and need an odd job that will take under an hour (not one you’d pay a tradesman to do) something like changing light bulbs, hanging curtains, fixing hinges, changing washers etc… then give Age Concern Counties Manukau a call to book their handyman/ fieldworker to come and give you a hand.

Phone 2794331 ext 800


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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 15 June 2012

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on the 15th of June is a day for worldwide recognition of the importance of preventing Elder Abuse and Neglect and continuous striving to create an age positive society.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Angela for more information about Age Concern’s Education programmes and activities planned for the day 2794331 ext 820.


Step Ahead Fall Prevention Programme Waiuku

Age Concern Counties/Manukau invites you to Step Ahead, a 4 week Falls Prevention Programme to be held at The Lions Station, Belgium St, Waiuku. It will run for 4 consecutive Thursdays May 31st, June 7th, 14th   and 21st from 10am – 12.30pm.   Morning tea included. Topics covered include, Facts about falls, foot care, stress management, your safety in the home and community, managing medicines. What affects your balance? What can trip you up? Exercises for balance. Maintaining your physical well being. Course numbers are limited, so bookings are essential.  No cost but donations always welcome. For further information and to book, please ring Daphne on 09 235 7599  or the Age Concern office on 09 279 4331 Ext 800.

Media Release: New figures show older people significant portion of society

Age Concern New Zealand: Media Release: 15 May 2012:

New figures show older people significant portion of society

Age Concern New Zealand says new figures show the significant portion of society older people make up.

The figures, released yesterday by Statistics New Zealand, show those over 80 are the fastest growing age-group with the age group growing at about four times the rate of 20 years ago.

There are presently more than 160,000 New Zealanders aged over 80 but Statistics New Zealand estimates this number could reach half a million by 2050.

Age Concern New Zealand Chief Executive Ann Martin says this is great news for our country.

“People living longer, healthier lives has to be a positive.

“Older people are some of our most active volunteers, as well as an invaluable source of wisdom.

“It also means more older people will be able to stay in their own homes for longer and to care for those less able.”

However, Age Concern believes planning by all sectors of society will be required to meet a range of service demands.

“For Age Concern, it means we need to plan to be able to respond to the current and future needs and demand for our services.

An older population means more people who are isolated and lonely which will require visiting services such as Age Concern Accredited Visiting Services.

“There are also likely to be more people of this 80 year old age group being abused and requiring our prevention and intervention services,” she says.

Age Concern is calling for more government research, policy and planning on matters concerning older people.

“There doesn’t appear to be a lot of positive focus on seniors right now.

“Many people over 80 have complex needs but want to remain in their own homes with support. Government is aware of this and needs to make home-based care a priority.

“Those who can’t remain at home will need good residential care and for people needing acute treatment they will continue to need access to hospital beds and good primary health.”

Martin says these statistics also mean there is likely to be more older people surviving solely on the NZS only, which is difficult with rising costs.

“It would be wise for all of us who are not yet 80 to give some thought to how we wish to spend the latter year of our lives and to begin planning for this. Develop social networks and find out about local support services.”


Media contact: Lucy Johnston, Communications & Marketing Manager, Age Concern New Zealand – ph 04 801 9338

Cell Phones for Seniors: 11 & 18 April 2012

Cell Phones for Seniors Course

Day: Wednesdays

Dates: 11th & 18th April 2012

Venue: Manurewa Baptist Church, 9 Lupton Road, Manurewa

Time: 10am – 12 noon                                                                            

Content: This is a basic 2 week workshop to help seniors join the text generation. Get 1 on 1 tutoring and explore how to use your cell phone, from the basics, to texting, to using the camera – if your phone has this feature!  Learn at your own pace, and find out as much or as little as YOU want.  It’s time to come and unlock the mysteries of that little electronic device known as your cell phone.  Please bring your mobile phone, user book and reading glasses, if you wear them. 

What else?             

  • Morning tea provided
  • Bookings essential as numbers limited & for catering purposes
  • Free of charge but donations towards costs always appreciated!

For further information or to register your interest in attending this course:      

  • Ring the Age Concern Office: 09 279-4331 Ext 800      
  • Email: sandya@accm.org.nz
  • Fax: 279 4334

Winter Health Workshops April 2012


Dates: Wednesday April 4th, 2012 or Friday April 27th, 2012

Venue: Selwyn Homestead, 21 Youngs Road, Papakura

Time: 10am – 12noon                                                                             

Content: What does winter mean to you? Keeping warm & well during the winter. Reducing your power costs. Get prepared for  winter

What else?             

  • Morning tea provided
  • Bookings essential as numbers limited & for catering purposes
  • Free of charge but donations towards costs always appreciated!

For further information or to register your interest in attending this course:      

  • Ring the Age Concern Office: 09 279-4331 Ext 800      
  • Email: sandya@accm.org.nz
  • Fax: 279 4334

Age Concern provide an increasing range of services throughout the region to meet the local needs of older people in our communities. Services Include:

  • Comprehensive information and resources
  • Elder Abuse and Neglect Prevention Service
  • Accredited Visiting Service (AVS)
  • Handyman Fieldworker(HF)
  • Health Promotion Programmes (HP)
  • Mobile Offices (help with form filling, TM assessments, and information)
  • Agents for Total Mobility Transport Scheme (TM)
  • Community Development
  • Events to celebrate IDOP