News from Age Concern Canterbury

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Oct 13 2014

Sunday 9 November, 2pm a Variety Concert followed by afternoon tea at Wairakei School Hall, Wairakei Road. Gold coin donation - optional.

Proudly presented by Inner Wheel District NZ297.

Please call Shelley to confirm your seat and arrange transport if required. Phone 0274355399 Email:

Oct 13 2014

The Pure Food Co has launched a range of nutritious and delicious blended food for those who have difficulty eating, including those who have suffered a stroke. See their website. or like them on Facebook

Oct 01 2014

What a day was had on Monday, 29 September at Age Concern Canterbury's EXPO! Throngs of people were at Papanui High School shortly after 9.30am and the crowds lasted well into the afternoon. Food samples, exhibits, demonstrations and entertainment made the day a great success and kept the crowd animated. The 130 exhibitors, all with products or services specifically for older people, focused their energy on the needs of the public and must be the largest group of exhibitors ever bought together in Christchurch with older people's interests at heart. 

Thank you to the exhibitors for their contribution on the day. The public went home well armed with helpful information and products. 

A huge thank you to the touch rugby teams from Papanui High School and their Staff for help throughout the day and with the set-up and clean-up. It was a real team effort from everyone.

Yvonne Palmer, the Organising Co-ordinator from Age Concern Canterbury, was thrilled with the turnout. "The day just flowed and the wide range of exhibits and first time visitors made it a very special day," she said. 

Sponsors, who made it possible for us to host the event, advertise and provide prizes were:

More Mobility, Christchurch City Council, Driving Miss Daisy, Royal Furniture, KiwiRail, Senior Chef, Hellers, Kiwi Income Property Trust Northlands, Paperplus Northlands, Frozen Fresh, Wilsons Pharmacy, Peter Rabbits Patch, Countdown, Diabetes Christchurch Inc., Health Promotion Agency, WET&FORGET, Christchurch Casino, Expresso Carwash Cafe and Airpark Canterbury.

The  event has gone from strength to strength. Mark it on your calender now for next year!

May 23 2014

Age Concern Canterbury, in collaboration with Papanui High School, will again be celebrating International Day of Older Persons with a Positive Ageing Expo to be held at Papanui High School, Langdons Road from 9.30am - 2.30pm on Monday, 29 September, 2014. This year we have over 115 exhibitors. Exhibitors include Police Communications Centre, JPs, hearing organisations, Medication Management, More Mobility, Heartland Bank, Driving Miss Daisy, Absolutely Fabulous Foods and many more, plus numerous social contacts.

It is exciting that Age Concern Canterbury has been able to secure funding from Christchurch City Council, More Mobility, Driving Miss Daisy and Health Promotion New Zealand to help host the event.

"The Expo provides a great opportunity for older people to learn more about the services and support available to them," said Yvonne Palmer who is Age Concern Canterbury's Project Co-ordinator and organiser of the event. 

"Age Concern Canterbury values the relationships that it has with it's partners and the exhibitors," she said. To register as an exhibitor contact Yvonne on DDI 331 7808, 027 2295049, or email We welcome enquiries from clubs, community groups and commercial exhibitors.

This is the eighth Expo Age Concern Canterbury has held and each year they have gone from strength to strength.

Entertainment is throughout the day, cups of tea and coffee and slice are complimentary and other refreshments are available for purchase.

Dont forget, Monday 29 September, 9.30am - 2.30pm at Papanui High School

May 09 2014

Macular Degeneration New Zealand (MDNZ) is a charitable trust with a vision to reduce the incidence and impact of macular degeneration (MD) in New Zealand.  

 MD is the leading cause of blindness in New Zealand and 1 person in 7 over 50 will have some evidence of it, while 1 person in 4 over 80 will have some vision loss.   It is expected the number of people with this age-related eye disease will increase by 70% by 2030.

 They are currently organising a series of 10 free public seminars around New Zealand, commencing on 24 May in Christchurch and are also well underway with planning for the annual MD Awareness Week campaign from 26 May to 1 June.   The seminars will be run by leading Opthalmologist Specialists and aim to share the latest information on research and treatments and the management and impact of living with this progressive eye disease.    They are aimed at members of the public (those with and without MD), their families and/or carers and local health professionals.  They also hope to have low vision aids and equipment available to view. 

 The seminar timetable is as follows:

24 May                                 Christchurch - details below

07 June                                 Hamilton

12 July                                   Palmerston North

26 July                                   Wellington

16 August                            Dunedin

23 August                            New Plymouth

13 September                   Gisborne

04 October                          Tauranga

01 November                    Napier

15 November                    Auckland  (to be confirmed)

The first Seminar will be held from 10.00 – 11.30 a.m. on Saturday 24 May at Christchurch Boys High School in Straven Road, Christchurch and will be led by Dr James Borthwick.      Phone 0800 622 852 or email to register your attendance as capacity is limited.