Age Concern Otago has just released this updated version of the Independent Living Guide which is designed to help Otago's older people age well and stay in good health. Please click on the image to download the full guide._
To celebrate World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15th, Age Concern Otago has organised the following events:
Monday June 15th: 10am – 2pm The Octagon
Dunedin Collaboration Against Family Violence Marquee
Come along to find out more information about Elder Abuse and Neglect Prevention, pick up a World Elder Abuse Awareness Day badge and enjoy a free Muffin.
Monday June 15th: 2pm at the Octagon Club, Age Concern Otago, No 9 The Octagon
There will be an Afternoon Tea celebrating Multi Agency Collaboration of Elder Abuse Prevention Work. If you would like to come along please RSVP by Friday June 12th
Monday June 15th to Friday June 19th:
An Elder Abuse and Neglect Awareness Display in the Dunedin Hospital Foyer.
Information will be available on Elder Abuse and Neglect Prevention and you can pick up a free Awareness Day purple badge.
Local Schools in Dunedin have been invited to send in photos and stories and to suggest activities to June 15th.
These handy bus card wallets are available from the office. Call in to see us at 9 The Octagon to collect one.
Falls Prevention. Keeping you fit, balanced, strong and free from falls. Steady As You Go and Tai Chi classes are resuming this year as always. If you live in or near Portobello, Ranfurly or Wanaka, check out the new classes.
Portobello Steady As You Go, Coronation Hall, 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm starting Wednesday 28th January. Phone Margaret 477-1040.
Ranfurly Steady As You Go, St John’s Rooms, 10.30 am – 11.30 am starting Thursday 19 February. Phone Hospital reception 444-9420.
Wanaka & Hawea Steady As You Go, St Johns Rooms, Link Way, Wanaka. 2pm – 3pm starting Friday 20 February. Phone Binsey 443-5515 or 027 646 8856.
Senior Chef. A social and relaxed 8 week course for improving cooking skills and food knowledge. Bookings are essential.
Free if you are
Dunedin classes are held at Age Concern, 9 The Octagon.
Course One: Mondays from Feb 9 – March 30
Course Two: Mondays from May 11 – July 6th (9 weeks due to Queens Birthday)
Central Otago classes are held at Presbyterian Church Centre, 91 Tenby St, Wanaka.
Wednesdays from Feb 11 – April 1
Tea & Talk. Learning, sharing and changing over a cuppa. Bookings are essential.
Session One: Recipes for Life. A fun-filled session looking at life ingredients for ageing well. Come and try out a cooking class with a difference. Thursday 26 Feb, at Age Concern, 9 The Octagon
Session Two: Safe & Sound – Scams. Door-to-door, internet and mail scams – learn how to protect yourself. Wednesday 18 March, in Mosgiel
Staying Safe. A refresher workshop for senior road users. Bookings are essential.
Calling all senior road users
This year’s courses are:
Mar 5 – Octagon Club, Dunedin
April 20 – Mosgiel Senior Citizens
April 29 – Dunford Place, Musselburgh Rise
May 21 – Octagon Club, Dunedin
English for Elders. Conversational English speaking classes for immigrants over 65. All classes are held at Age Concern, 9 The Octagon.
Class One: begins on Monday February 2nd.
Class Two: begins on Friday February 13th (Beginners)
Contact Age Concern Otago for all inquiries and to make a booking 03 477 1040.
Age Concern Otago is a charitable organisation working for older people in Otago. We need active and enthusiastic people to help us deliver a range of programmes and projects that enable older people to flourish.
This role would suit someone who values the positive contributions made by older people and who values, respects and appreciates the important role older people play in every aspect of life.
From our Alexandra office you will work in the community to deliver ongoing social services and a range of health promotion programmes. You'll engage with health, social services and community groups to improve awareness and actively promote wellbeing, respect and dignity for older people.
The role is full time but it could accommodate two part time workers to cover a diverse range of tasks including providing information and social work interventions to those accessing Age Concern services as well as facilitating health promotion activities and running courses. The support and development of Age Concern’s volunteers is also essential. A vehicle is provided.
Applicants are expected to have;
· A qualification and experience in a relevant field such as social work, health promotion, community development, education, nursing
· A demonstrated ability to work well with other services such as DHB’s, PHO’s and the wider community and social sector
· Highly developed written and oral communication skills and computer literacy
· Experience in the Not For Profit environment would be of benefit
· A full driver’s licence
If you think you have the experience and knowledge to support our services, contact Age Concern Otago Ph 477 1040, 9 The Octagon or email email@example.com. for a job description, person specification and application form. The closing date for applications is Monday February 9th 2015 at 5pm.
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 just 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.
Together, Simon and Dame Alison have written more than 30 cookbooks, with nearly 2 million copies sold to date.
Dame Alison says the new book is quite different from their previous ones, which have focused on family meal recipes.
"We think these recipes for one or two people are just as nutritious and interesting, and they provide a good variety of foods and avoid waste."
In addition to over 100 step-by-step instructions for breakfasts, lunches and light meals, mains, desserts and baking; there are plenty of handy tips including how to save and re-use leftovers in interesting ways.
Dame Alison says over the years they have had many requests for a book catering for those cooking for themselves or for couples.
But she says preparing and cooking food may be difficult for some people for a variety of reasons, including inadequate knowledge or skills, and that this can result in poor nutrition.
"We eat to maintain good health of our minds and bodies and for the full enjoyment of our lives."
"An overriding principle of any dietary plan is that the meals we eat should contain a variety of foods, not only to maintain our interest, but to provide the proper intake of water, protein, carbohydrates, fat, minerals and vitamins."
Age Concern New Zealand national president Evelyn Weir says poor nutrition is a hidden problem for older people.
"It can be hard to keep your interest in food when you're cooking for only yourself and maybe you don't feel so hungry. But don't let yourself slip into poor eating habits.
"Cutting back too far on food can lead you into malnutrition, which will damage your health, resistance to illness, recovery times and morale. Healthy eating is a key to maintaining your health."
Mrs Weir says dietary malnutrition is more common in older people than many realise, but it can be prevented or alleviated.
She says Age Concern works with older people, offering nutrition advice and education so that they can keep themselves healthy.
Age Concern is the only charity dedicated solely to older New Zealanders, promoting well-being, inclusion and respect.
More than 30 Age Concerns and the national office provide vital information and advice to enable older people, their families and carers to make informed choices; provide services to combat loneliness and social isolation; services to tackle elder abuse and neglect; and maintain an active voice on issues affecting older people.
Meals for 1 or 2 costs $20 and copies are available from Age Concern offices throughout New Zealand or online at ageconcern.org.nz/meals
It is time to stop elder abuse