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Mar 16 2017

Thursday, 16 March 2017
Press Release: New Zealand Government

The Minister for Seniors Maggie Barry says changes to Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPA) forms will make them easier to understand and use.

“Knowing you can chose people you trust and who understand what you want, who will make important personal and financial decisions for you if you can’t, gives you peace of mind,” Ms Barry says.

“It should be set up when you are fit and healthy – mentally and physically.”

“The changes, which come into effect today, make it much easier to take that first step towards protecting your future life wishes on your personal health and well-being issues and property matters.”

“Both EPAs are written in plain English and come with an explanation of what setting one up means.”

“The changes won’t affect existing documents but any medical certificates about someone’s mental capacity must meet new requirements.”

“Everyone should set up an Enduring Power of Attorney so your wishes can be carried out if you are not well enough to express them.”

“Seniors can use their Gold Card to receive discounts at 300 legal firms around New Zealand so EPAs and wills cost less to draw up,” Ms Barry says

More information on EPAs is on the SuperSeniors website. The new EPA forms will also be available on the website.
Mar 14 2017

Canterbury DHB has announced that it will take over management of all food services from 1 July 2017, after the current Compass Group contract expires on 30 June.

Chief executive David Meates said in September last year Canterbury DHB advised Health Partnerships Limited (NZHPL) that it would not be signing up to the national food service contract.

Read more here

Mar 08 2017

Carers NZ is pleased to announce a partnership with Lumino the Dentists to recognise and celebrate family carers. Lumino is devoting one day of free dental treatments nationwide. Each appointment will include a dental exam, x-rays, clean and any basic treatment, at no cost to carers.
Click HERE to read more and make an appointment

Mar 01 2017

Dotty, a short film from a pair of Kiwi filmmakers, has been sweeping the awards circuit.

And it’s easy to see why. Mick Andrews and Brett O’Gorman have created a touching, 10-minute film about an old lady struggling to send a text message to her daughter.

The film happens to have great comedic timing, but also takes a very poignant turn when it allows viewers to emphasise and understand the importance of kindness and understanding in a world that often seems as though it is moving too quickly for its own good.

Make sure you stick with the film as it culminates in a touching, if sad ending that really brings the message home. A good option for anyone who’s struggled with dementia in the family.

To view the film click  here

Feb 10 2017

CCS Disability Action Canterbury West Coast have partnered with MetroInfo to run a survey to identify how many people with an impairment or disability use public transport. Read more..

Feb 03 2017

Elderly lose $120,000 in telephone scam

Elderly residents in the Tasman district have lost $120,000 to phone scammers claiming to work for Spark.