May 19 - 25, 2019: Issue 405

Palm Beach Biggest Morning Tea 2019

On Saturday May 25th Janet and Max Petrie will host a Biggest Morning Tea event at their Pacific Road, Palm Beach home.  
The annual fundraiser is one the Petries have been HUGE supporters of for years and the view and nibblies offered are YUM!
Starts 10 am and goes until it's dark.



Details below. If you can't make it please make a donation HERE

Rising Young Pianists At Forestville This May 

Two rising talents of the Australian piano scene, Maggie Wang and Rieko Makita performing some of the greatest piano music by Bach, Chopin, Liszt and Ravel as well as Beethoven’s remarkable Appassionata Sonata, presented by Wyvern Music Forestville. 

Award winning pianist Maggie Wang and Sydney Conservatorium of Music (University of Sydney) graduate is an active soloist and chamber musician, performing regularly at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Lunchtime Concert Series. 


Maggie Wang

Rieko Makita is an emerging pianist who has performed as a soloist in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, SOH Utzon Room, City Recital Hall and Chatswood Concourse and is currently completing her studies at the Sydney Conservatorium, also participating in European masterclasses and summer schools. 


Rieko Makita

Sunday 26th May at 4:00pm
Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, 9 Currie Rd, Forestville
Tickets also available at door from 3.30pm on day of concert
Full:  $25 Concession: $20 Students: $15 Children under 16 Free (includes refreshment).

Life In Australia: Melbourne in 1966

Published on 13 May 2019 by NFSA Films
From The Film Australia Collection.  Made by The Commonwealth Film Unit 1966.  Directed by Douglas White. Episode 10 of the Life in Australia series.  This series was made to encourage immigration to Australia and to highlight the various social activities, employment and educational opportunities and lifestyles of the various cities and regional centres throughout Australia. This film shows an idyllic picture of life in the Victorian capital of Melbourne in the mid 1960s.

Seniors' Stories Volume 5

Are you passionate about expressing creativity in writing? Would you like to share your story?

The Seniors’ Stories Volume 5 writing competition is now open and the theme is ‘Love Your Life’.

The 100 best entries will be published and the authors will receive an invitation to the book launch at the NSW State Parliament.

Submissions open on 1 March and close on 22 May 2019, and all NSW Seniors Card members are encouraged to enter.

There will be six short story writing workshops held in:

19 March – Dubbo
20 March – Tamworth
12 April – Shoalhaven/Nowra
16 April – Wagga Wagga
29 April – Gosford
3 May - Sydney

For more information or to register for a workshop, please visit the Fellowship of Australian Writers NSW Inc. website or call 0417 403 720.

To view previous editions of Seniors' Stories please click here.

AvPals: Term 2 2019  

The AvPals Term 2 2019 Timetable for Newport Classes is now available.
Download here - and see below.

Avalon Computer Pals (AVPALS) helps Seniors learn and improve their computer skills. It is a not for profit organisation run by volunteers. 


Started in 2000 it now has 20+ trainers and many hundreds of students. At a really low cost (about $30 a school term) they can provide one-to-one training on most matters connected with computing and related technologies like mobile phones and digital cameras. From the smallest problem (how to hold the mouse!) to much more serious matters, there is a trainer who can help.

We offer “one to one” personal tuition or special short courses in the training rooms under the Catholic Church in Avalon. Training is conducted Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm. For more information visit AVPALS web site www.avpals.com or phone 02 8064 3574

Keep up to date on our Facebook page

Find out more at: www.avpals.com

Easylink’s Mystery Drives are BACK for 2019! 

Last year we were busy looking over, refining and ensuring that our mystery drives cover every area of the northern beaches.

What are mystery drives? Well, our customers are picked up from their home and taken to surprise destinations across Sydney. We’ve had groups visit Katoomba, The Entrance, Windsor and Bobbin Head, just to name a few. Where you’ll end up, is a mystery!

Social interaction amongst the older population offers many benefits and has been linked to better physical and emotional health. Our mystery drives connect our customers and together they develop friendships and explore Sydney at the same time.

Our mystery drives run every fortnight, join us next time for a half or full day outing!

Find a mystery drive near you by calling us on 9919 0700 or by visiting our website at 

Appliance replacement scheme slashes power bills

by NSW Government
The NSW Government’s “new for old” appliance replacement scheme is saving households an average of $325 a year in power bills.
Eligible households, including low-income, concession card holders and energy hardship customers, can receive a 40-50% discount when replacing their old fridge or TV with a newer, energy efficient model.

Minister for Environment Gabrielle Upton said the Home Energy Action appliance replacement program is on track to cut around $40 million from power bills over the next 10 years.

“Households that need savings the most are helping the environment,” Ms Upton said.

“This is cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 16,600 tonnes a year, which is the same as taking 4160 cars off the road.”

Since August 2016, the Home Energy Action appliance replacement scheme has replaced more than 32,600 old, inefficient appliances in 28,100 homes across NSW.

What's on offer?
For eligible residents of NSW, we are offering discounts on new energy efficient fridges and televisions.

When you replace your old, inefficient model, you can receive:
  • 40% off the cost of a fridge
  • 50% off the cost of a television
The offer applies to selected fridge and television models.

How will this help your household?
Fridges and televisions have been chosen for this offer because significant energy savings can be made by replacing old, inefficient models.

The amount you can save on your energy bill varies. On average:
  • Replacing an old, inefficient fridge can save between $100 and $200 per year on your energy bills.
  • Replacing a plasma or cathode ray tube (CRT) television with an LCD television can save between $50 and $125 per year on your energy bills.
Who's eligible?
To replace your fridge, your current fridge must be at least 6 years old.

To replace your television, you must own a plasma or cathode ray tube (CRT) television.

To receive this offer you must be a NSW resident and hold one of the following:
  • Pensioner Concession Card
  • Health Care Card or Low Income Health Care Card from Centrelink
  • Veterans' Affairs Gold Card
A Commonwealth Senior Health Card is not sufficient eligibility for this offer. You will need to hold one of the above cards.

If you do not meet the criteria above, you may be able to access the offer through a participating community service organisation. Please contact a community service organisation directly to discuss your application.

Apply now
You can apply online for the appliance replacement offer. If your application is successful, you'll receive instructions on how to buy your appliance through The Good Guys.

Make sure you have your valid concession card with you when you apply.

Profile Bayview Yacht Racing Association (BYRA)
1842 Pittwater Rd, Bayview
Website: www.byra.org.au

BYRA has a passion for sharing the great waters of Pittwater and a love of sailing with everyone aged 8 to 80 or over!

Seniors Toy Repair Group needs your help

Volunteers are sought to help out on Wednesday mornings (7.30am to midday) at the group's workshed in Ingleside. Volunteers need their own transport and be willing to sort and clean toys that are picked up at different collection points on the Northern Beaches. 

Prospective volunteers can email Mary Kitchen to arrange a visit to the workshed. To arrange a donation pickup please call Terry Cook on 0410 597 327 or email himFind out more about this great community group HERE


WIND, BRASS AND PERCUSSION PLAYERS!!!!!

Northern Beaches Concert Band is looking for flute, clarinet, saxophone, tuba and trombone adult players.  We cater for players from beginner to advanced and have a varied and exciting repertoire.  Come and join us during school term time at 7.30pm, Pittwater High School, Mona Street, Mona Vale. 
  
Details 9970 7131 or 0414 560 263.

RSPCA's Community Aged Care Program

RSPCA NSW understands that to an elderly owner, a pet can mean everything. Our Aged Care program aims to keep pets and their elderly owners happy, healthy and together in their own homes for as long as possible. To do this, we assist elderly pet owners over the age of 65, Indigenous pet owners over the age of 50 and palliative care patients of any age.
  • services our Aged Care program offers include: temporary foster accommodation and/or emergency pet boarding if the owner requires medical treatment, respite or other assistance
  • assistance with veterinary treatment
  • home visits to assist the elderly with basic pet care
  • assistance with pet grooming
  • assistance with transport to and from the local veterinarian
  • a volunteer network to assist with dog walking and short periods of in-home care if the owner requires medical treatment, respite or other assistance
Please note that due to high demand for this program, we ask that pet owners first ask family and friends whether they are able to assist with their pet’s care.

This community program was previously known as Pets of Older Persons (POOPs).

For more information please contact the RSPCA Community Programs helpline (02) 9782 4408.

The helpline operates Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. During weekends and public holidays contact the RSPCA Contact Centre on (02) 9770 7555
Aged Care Program FAQs

Manly Warringah Pittwater Community Aid

Do you know someone we could help?
We're a local not-for-profit that help over 2,000 elderly members of the Northern Beaches community live happy, healthy and independent lives in their own homes.

If you know someone that could use our help, please let us know!
Call us on 02 9913 3244 or visit our website at http://mwpcommunityaid.com.au/
Profile: Avalon Soccer Club
Avalon Soccer Club is an amateur club situated at the northern end of Sydney’s Northern Beaches. As a club we pride ourselves on our friendly, family club environment. The club is comprised of over a thousand players aged from 5 to 70 who enjoy playing the beautiful game at a variety of levels and is entirely run by a group of dedicated volunteers. 

Aged Care Complaints Commissioner 

Any person can make a complaint to the Commissioner, including care recipients, family members, friends, staff, volunteers, or professionals.

Complaints may relate to any aspect of services including care, choice of activities, discrimination, catering, communication or the physical environment. The 1800 550 552 helpline is staffed 9am to 5pm (AEDST) Monday to Friday.

Out of hours callers can leave a message, or contact the Commissioner at anytime through the Aged Care Complaints Commissioner website.

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In 2014-15, there were 10,924 contacts to the Aged Care Complaints Scheme. 3,725 were assessed as a complaint, 3,812 ‘other’ contacts includes non-compulsory notifications, own motion investigations and compliance referrals. There were also 3,387 out of scope contacts which were not related to an approved provider or an approved provider’s responsibilities under the Aged Care Act.

Jacqui Morgan wins NSW Seniors Championship for 2019

15 May 2019
by Nicole Bessant, Golf NSW
Monash Country Club's Jacqui Morgan has won her sixth NSW Senior Championship title today at Rich River Golf Club.



Morgan was up against Kim Burke which was always going to be a tough match. The pair met in the final back in 2017 and it was a close tussle then when they went to the 24th hole.

Morgan shot out of the blocks early and was 3up through six holes. The match got to 4up through 12 holes, then Burke started to fight back winning three and squaring two holes to bring it back to 1up playing 18. Morgan was too strong and squared the 18th which gave her the win for 2019, 1up. 

Queensland’s Robin Callaghan had a close match in her final defeating WA’s Sharon Dawson 1up on the 18th in the 55-59 years match play. Callaghan qualified second in her section and was able to triumph over the number one seed in her first Seniors event.

Bermagui’s Maggie Hayes defeated Queanbeyan’s Pauline Jeffery 5&4 in todays match to win the 60-64 years category. 

In the 65-69 age category, Victoria’s Betty McGuinness of Buninyong won against Chris Taylor of Belconnen Magpies in a tight match going through to the 19th hole. 

For the all Canberra final, Liz Smyth of Royal Canberra was too strong for Belconnen Magpies, Pat Woodberry winning 4&3 in the 70+ age category. 

The division one handicap match play was won by Pam Sassella on the 20th hole against fellow Queanbeyan member Fran Miller.

And WA’s Robin Challenor of Lake Karrinyup beat Belconnen’s Judy Tokley in the division two handicap match play final 5&4 this morning. 

The Championship is also a qualifying event for the NSW Senior State Team. The three highest placed NSW players from the strokeplay component of the Championship will make up the NSW Senior State Team to represent NSW at the 2019 Australian Senior Championship.

The three representatives will be Jacqui Morgan, Kim Burke and Maggies Hayes.

Retirement village rules of conduct

NSW Fair Trading is seeking feedback on changes to the Retirement Villages Regulation which introduces mandatory rules of conduct for operators of retirement villages.

The Rules of Conduct for Operators of Retirement Villages set a minimum standard of behaviour for retirement village operators.

The rules will provide the retirement village industry with a clear foundation of practices and processes for the effective functioning of a village.

The Rules of Conduct include:
  • mandating higher standards of customer service to ensure residents and prospective residents are treated with respect, dignity and fairness
  • promoting fair, honest, transparent and ethical practices for the marketing, promotion and transfer of residential premises in retirement villages
  • creating a framework for retirement village operators for the avoidance, disclosure and management of conflicts of interest
  • establishing minimum standards for the resolution of disputes and handling of complaints in a retirement village and appropriate escalation pathways for residents and the operator
  • requiring minimum training and competency standards for retirement village operators and members of staff, including the effective oversight and supervision of members of staff.
The rules have been developed in consultation with key stakeholders and will be mandatory. Operators who don't comply with the rules will be penalised.

Have your say
There are three ways you can submit your feedback:

Mail: Retirement Village Rules of Conduct Review
Regulatory Policy, Better Regulation Division
Department of Finance, Services and Innovation
2-24 Rawson Place
Haymarket NSW 2000
Have your say by Friday, 7 June 2019.

More Information
Phone: 133220

Commitment to fixing aged care needed now - National Seniors

May 14, 2019: National Seniors
National Seniors Australia is disappointed that neither of the two major political parties have committed extra funding to fix Australia’s aged care mess. There is a dire need to triple the number of high-level aged care packages for vulnerable older Australians.

While the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety hasn’t yet released its findings, it has made it crystal clear what needs to be done in home care. It found home care needs a minimum of an extra $2 billion dollars a year.

Despite this, and with the election only days away, neither party has yet committed to additional funding. While we would expect either party will implement recommendations from the Royal Commission in 2020, National Seniors calls on all parties to begin the process of fixing the aged care system now.

National Seniors Chief Advocate Ian Henschke said “Older Australian’s can’t afford to wait for the Royal Commission’s recommendations.”

“It appears neither party is prepared to take any major action before the Royal Commission hands down its findings. This is deeply disappointing not just to the hundreds of thousands of Australians needing care, but also their families. We can and must do better as a nation.”

He said this election campaign would be remembered for the disgraceful lack of policies and commitment on aged care.

“The Royal Commission has uncovered appalling evidence of aged care failure and it is time for all parties to commit to action and explain to voters their plans and resourcing for fixing the system,” he said.

“As the Royal Commission heard, the problem and the fix are obvious – 16,000 people died last year waiting for home care packages, and almost 130,000 people are still on the waiting list.

“The fix is to invest the $2 billion to $2.5 billion dollars annually in more home care packages as estimated by the Health Department in its submission to the Royal Commission,” Mr Henschke said.

Mr Henschke said the description of the present system by the Royal Commission’s senior Counsel Assisting, Dr Tim McEvoy QC as “cruel unfair, disrespectful and discriminatory” was damning.

“On any measure”, Dr McEvoy QC commented, “delays of this magnitude to access the care and support that is actually needed is unacceptable and raises real safety risks. There are more people waiting for care and support from a home care package at their assessed level than there are people receiving a home care package”.

Mr Henschke said there were initiatives that could be committed to now, to begin the process of repairing the damaged system, and called once again for the tripling of level 3 and 4 home care packages.

Antibiotic treatment alleviates Alzheimer's disease symptoms in male mice

May 16, 2019: Rockefeller University Press
Researchers at The University of Chicago have demonstrated that the type of bacteria living in the gut can influence the development of Alzheimer's disease symptoms in mice. The study, which will be published May 16 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, shows that, by altering the gut microbiome, long-term antibiotic treatment reduces inflammation and slows the growth of amyloid plaques in the brains of male mice, though the same treatment has no effect on female animals.

The community of bacteria that live in the gastrointestinal tract -- the gut microbiome -- is generally harmless, but, because they affect the activity of the body's immune system, these bacteria can influence a wide range of diseases, even in distant tissues such as the brain.

"Recent evidence suggests that intestinal bacteria could play a major role in various neurological conditions including autism spectrum disorders, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's disease," explains Professor Sangram S. Sisodia, director of the Center for Molecular Neurobiology at The University of Chicago.

Alzheimer's disease is characterised by the formation of amyloid plaques and the activation of immune cells present in the brain known as microglia. These cells can help remove amyloid plaques, but their activation may also exacerbate the disease by causing neuroinflammation.

Alzheimer's patients exhibit changes in their gut microbiome, and Sisodia and colleagues have previously reported that gut bacteria may influence the development of these symptoms in rodents. Long-term antibiotic treatment limited the formation of amyloid plaques and reduced microglia activation in male, but not female, mice expressing mutant proteins associated with familial Alzheimer's disease. "While compelling, our published studies on the role of the gut microbiome on amyloid plaque formation were limited to a single strain of mice," Sisodia says.

In the new study, Sisodia and colleagues therefore examined the effects of antibiotics on a different mouse model of Alzheimer's disease known as APPS1-21. Long-term treatment with a cocktail of antibiotics again reduced the formation of amyloid plaques in male mice but had no effect on females. Antibiotic treatment also appeared to alter the activation of microglia in male mice, changing them from a form that is thought to promote neurodegeneration to a form that helps to maintain a healthy brain.

To prove that these improvements in Alzheimer's symptoms were caused by alterations in the gut microbiome, the researchers transplanted fecal matter from untreated mice into antibiotic-treated animals. This procedure restored the gut microbiome and caused an increase in amyloid plaque formation and microglial activation.

But why do alterations in the gut microbiome only affect male mice? Sisodia and colleagues discovered that long-term antibiotic treatment changed the gut bacteria of male and female mice in different ways. The changes in the microbiome of female mice caused their immune systems to increase production of several proinflammatory factors that could influence the activation of microglia.

"Our study shows that antibiotic-mediated perturbations of the gut microbiome have selective, sex-specific influences on amyloid plaque formation and microglial activity in the brain," Sisodia says. "We now want to investigate whether these outcomes can be attributed to changes in any particular type of bacteria."

Hemraj B. Dodiya, Thomas Kuntz, Shabana M. Shaik, Caroline Baufeld, Jeffrey Leibowitz, Xulun Zhang, Neil Gottel, Xiaoqiong Zhang, Oleg Butovsky, Jack A. Gilbert, Sangram S. Sisodia. Sex-specific effects of microbiome perturbations on cerebral Aβ amyloidosis and microglia phenotypes. J. Exp. Med., 2019 DOI: 10.1084/jem.20182386

2019 Senior Card Directory

NSW Seniors Card is pleased to provide members with the 2019 Seniors Card Directory, your guide to the best discounts and special offers from thousands of participating businesses around the state.

Each year five directories are released, one for each region in NSW. The regions are: Sydney & Surrounds, Central Coast & Hunter, Northern NSW, Southern NSW and Western NSW.

To download your copy please click the links below:






If you are unsure about what directory region you are in you can view our regional map here.

Copies of the directory are also available for pickup from Australia Post Outlets, MP Offices as well as participating Local Councils and Libraries.


Australian Government Dept. of Health: Hearing Devices for Seniors

Australian Government's Hearing Services Program (the program), offers the option of being fitted with a hearing device if a hearing assessment identifies you have a hearing loss and a hearing device may assist you. 

You will be given a recommendation for a fully subsidised hearing device, and may also be offered the option of purchasing a partially subsidised hearing device. These devices have been approved by the Office of Hearing Services.

You can find out more about this program on the Australian Government's Department of Health webpage on the program here

Media Releases concerning Seniors this week from National Seniors Australia

With around a quarter of a million members, National Seniors is Australia’s largest consumer organisation for the over 50s and fourth largest group of its kind in the world.

NLA Ebooks - Free To Download

The National Library of Australia provides access to thousands of ebooks through its website, catalogue and eResources service. These include our own publications and digitised historical books from our collections as well as subscriptions to collections such as Chinese eResources, Early English Books Online and Ebsco ebooks.

What are ebooks?
Ebooks are books published in an electronic format. They can be read by using a personal computer or an ebook reader.

This guide will help you find and view different types of ebooks in the National Library collections.
Peruse the NLA's online ebooks, ready to download - HERE

 Australian Ageing Agenda

Australian Ageing Agenda (AAA) is an independent and authoritative bi-monthly publication for people who work in or around the aged care and retirement sectors in Australia. It provides a broad range of news, education and opinion with an emphasis on knowledge sharing and research translation.

Each issue also contains regular updates on relevant business and financial issues along with a selection of well researched features on crucial systems and operations, clinical care, technology, built environment and other issues relevant to the ‘ageing sector’. AAA leads the way with the industry’s most comprehensive conference details and remains Australia’s number one source of news and information about ageing issues and aged care.

Have a look at their comprehensive website HERE

The Senior Newspaper Online 

HERE

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EasyLink (formerly Easy Transport Manly Warringah Pittwater) - medical appointments,  shopping trips, mystery tours and Saturday Lunch - this great non-profit organisation offers great ideas and solutions 

Country Pensioner Excursion ticket: NSW Public Transport

Parents missing out on REAL face time? If they have a Pension Card, sign them up & they could get unlimited $2.50 Country Pensioner Excursion tickets*.
Call 13 22 32 to sign up.

Country Pensioner Excursion ticket (CPE)
A Country Pensioner Excursion (CPE) ticket is an affordable ticket for eligible pensioners and seniors to travel by train in regional NSW and the ACT.

For $2.50 you can book an economy class seat on a NSW TrainLink 

Regional train service. You will need to book 7 days or less in advance

Heartmoves is a low-moderate intensity exercise program. Regular participation in Heartmoves will help to: Better manage weight, blood sugars, blood pressure and cholesterol; Improve fitness, balance, co-ordination and flexibility; Enhance your quality of life and meet other people. Ingrid Davey is a qualified Older Adult Instructor and accredited Heartmoves Leader who will guide you through an exercise program that is fun, safe and modified to suit you. Tuesday 9.30am and Thursday 10.30am at Nelson Heather Centre, 4 Jackson Road Warriewood.  The cost per class is $10.00 casual now and $17.00 for two classes. Phone Ingrid to secure your spot on 0405 457 063. www.heartfoundation.org.au

 COTA – NSW - cotansw.com.au

ABOUT US

The Council on the Ageing NSW (COTA NSW) is the peak organisation for people over 50 in our state. We’re an independent, non-partisan, consumer-based non-government organisation. We work with politicians, policy makers, and service providers as well as media representatives to make sure your views are heard and your needs are met. COTA NSW works to empower and engage people over 50. For decades, we’ve shaped the policies and programs that change lives.

Since our beginning in 1956, COTA NSW has introduced policies and programs that make a real difference to peoples’ lives. We have proud record, having created: ■Meals on Wheels, ■Retirement Village Residents Association, ■Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association, ■Seniors Clubs, ■Seniors Information Service, ■OM:NI – Older Men: New Ideas, ■Grandfriends, ■Grandparents, Relatives and Kinship Care Alliance, ■Medication Management for Older People, and the ■Mature Employment Line

 

Contact Community Care Northern Beaches HERE:


Northern Beaches Jive is a social dance group. Our Modern Jive classes are held every Wednesday at 7.30pm at Narrabeen RSL.

Modern Jive is an easy partner dance with an emphasis on having fun and is great for all ages. Our experienced teachers always make the lesson interesting and fun. 

You can come along to class any time as we cater for new beginners every week. You don't have to sign up for a course - just come along when it suits you. First timers are only $10 for the first two weeks in total!!  You can even just come and watch for free to see if you think you'll like it.

There’s no need to bring a partner as we rotate you around to different partners during the class.

We start with a beginner class at 7:30pm for 45 minutes, followed by social dancing. At 9pm we have an Intermediate /advanced class for 45 minutes, and a concurrent 'refresher' class for the beginners, then social dancing until 10:30pm.  That’s right beginners get 2 classes every night.

Casual entry is $15 per night.  Students and seniors are only $12 per night.  We also have discounted prices, for all groups, if you buy a 5 class pass.  Great value for learning and dancing up to 3 hours per night.

If you're keen and would like to go to a class more than once a week, or go to a dance party in the weekend then check out www.ceroc.com.au where you'll find more classes and weekly dance parties.

Click here (http://eepurl.com/ciGHH1) to sign up for our weekly newsletter which will tell you who is teaching each week and any other venue news such as special events.

If you have any questions - email us at: info@northernbeachesjive.com.au

 Keep your Wits About You

A regular contributor suggests we all look at Lumosity to see if will suit keeping active mentally. Their website states: "improve Brain Health and performance. Designed by neuroscientists, Lumosity exercises improve core cognitive functions. Researchers have measured significant improvements in working memory and attention after Lumosity training. Dozens of research collaborations help improve the Lumosity training program and its effectiveness." You can visit their website to decide for yourself  at: www.lumosity.com/app/v4/personalization

Community Connect

Need help on where to go to find the community information and assistance you need?

At Community Connect Northern Beaches, our professional staff and trained volunteers are knowledgeable, friendly and approachable and we will be only too pleased to help you find the service you want. We provide information and support, as well as advocacy and referral to other non profit community services and government agencies.

If we can’t help you we will get you someone who can. If you are newly arrived or do not have an English speaking background we can offer individual advice and support. Or Why not come to Specialist Community Support Workshops: Family Law, Power of Attorney plus Wills and Executors; Domestic Violence Support and Prevention; Positive Community Integration ; Crime Prevention; Or  Our Free English Classes. 

We also provide information on: Family Services: Child Care, Personal Support & Counselling; Health (Including Mental Health) ;  Material and Practical Assistance ; Advocacy to access state and federal MP assistance; Accommodation and Tenancy (help with form filling); Legal and Financial Matters ; Consumer Affairs ; Multicultural Issues; Conservation and the Environment ; Employment and Education; Accessing Community Facilities  -You are welcome to call in for: Brochures, booklets and fact sheets on a range of topics; Service Directories e.g. Council Guides and Migrant Directories; Publications e.g. The Senior newspaper and Nova.

Access to our community information data base, internet, email, fax and photocopying.(Please note there is a small charge for photocopying and use of the fax to cover the cost of paper, toner and fax call).  We also offer: A Legal Referral Program - Monday 1pm to 2pm at our 30 Fisher Road, Dee Why office.  Taxation Assistance for low income earners and pensioners from July to October. 

What does it cost?: Our services are free, however we are always grateful for a small donation where possible. The program is supported by NSW Department of Family & Community Services (FACS). CONTACT US: Phone: 02 99317777.

Disclaimer: These articles are not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Pittwater Online News or its staff.