News from Age Concern Canterbury

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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.   

Feb 12 2014

4 courses coming up: 

24 February, Wainoni /Avonside; 17 March, Fendalton Service Centre; 31 March, Papanui RSA; 29 April, Beckenham Service Centre.

Phone 3660903 or 3317808 to book.

'Life without a car' is a new two hour course which will help those facing or thinking about how they will cope when they are no longer driving. Call either of the numbers above to inquire about venues and make a booking.

Feb 12 2014

Staying safe confident driving, a refresher course for mature road users. 9.00am - 2.30pm. Morning tea and lunch provided. Age Concern appreciates a donation of $5.00 towards lunch.
26 February 2014 -  Lincoln Community Centre
28 February 2014- -  Rangiora Main Power Oval
10 March 2014 -  Papanui RSA
11 March 2014 - Woodend Church Hall
13 March 2014 - Darfield Library & Service Centre
21 March 2014 - Central Police Station
25 March 2014 - Rolleston Library
2 April 2014 -  Oxford
7 April 2014 -  Kaiapoi Sewell Street 
9 April 2014 - Leeston
11 April 2014 - Fendalton Service Centre
14 April 2014 -  Beckenham
TBC  -   Amberley
7 May 2014 - Rangiora
TBC -   Akaroa
Phone 3660903 or 3317808 to enquire.
NB. This course does not involve a practical on road test.

Dec 12 2013

Link to the Residential Advisory Service:
The Residential Advisory Service (RAS) provides free, independent help (including legal advice) to residential property owners who are facing challenges in getting their home repaired or rebuilt after it has been damaged by the Canterbury earthquakes. 
The service helps homeowners to understand the process that they are going through and to make progress in their repairs or rebuild.
Use the above link or phone 379 7027 or 0800 777 299.

Nov 26 2013

A new website that will make it easier for New Zealanders to find rest home information, including audit reports.
The website offers easy-to-access information on more than 650 aged care providers nationwide. This includes the types of rest home care, number of beds and length of time the provider is certified for.
Where available, current and previous audit summaries are also provided. In the future the website will show corrective actions as identified in their most recent audit and tracking of progress against these actions. 
Audits are also being made available online at as part of a six-month trial. 
Nearly 90 recently completed full audit reports are now online. Further full audits will be added as rest homes undergo their certification audits, with around 250 audits expected to be online by the end of the trial.