January 13 - 19, 2019: Issue 389

For you this week:

Front Page Issue 389

Pictures:  Polo By The Sea 2019 Delights Visitors And Pittwater Residents Again

Aquatics: Palm Beach SLSC Hosts A Summer Of Surf Life Saving Carnivals

Newport's Sam Bloom Wins Gold Medal At 2018 Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship

NSW Greens Senator to Launch Local Activist Pru Wawn’s Campaign for Mackellar - Sunday, January 20th at Dee Why 

SURFERS TO CONTINUE TO SAVE SWIMMERS ACROSS NSW - Surfers Rescue 24/7 Program (FREE) at Queenscliff Feb. 2nd & 3rd - register by Jan 31, 2019 by Surfing NSW

Concrete Pour Sets Scene for Next Buildings at Mona Vale Hospital - December 21, 2018, Hon. Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater

Park Bench Philosopher 2019 International Year Of Indigenous Languages: United Nations + Cookaroo Flow at Sydney's Royal Botanic Garden until Feb. 28, 2019

State Of The Art Renewal For Hyde Park Barracks Museum + Learn About The History Of The Clock At The Hyde Park Barracks which is currently being allowed to wind down for the first time in 200 years + Pittwater connection to that clock?:  Convict clockmaker James Oatley, who built the clock in 1819, is the grandfather of the two men involved in the Flood-Oatley Estate of the Rocky Point Peninsula

DIY Ideas: How to Keep Your House Cool During a Heatwave without using an Air-Conditioner - open those windows to cool down at night (add flyscreens to keep out mozzies) install some ceiling fans, up your insulation++!

Pittwater Ocean Swim Series 2019: A Chance To Get Into The Swim Of Things and Enjoy A Celebration Of Beautiful Beaches and Surf Life Saving

Reflections by George Repin: PHOTOGRAPHS AND MEMORIES

Food: Summer Plums - Greengages

History: Pittwater Summer Houses: Rocky Point And Elvina Bay Peninsula -  A Place Of  Holiday Songs And Operas In Ventnor, Fairhaven, Trincomalee and Maritana;  - During the research found for an insight into the development of what we today call the Elvina Bay and Rocky Point peninsula, with one side fronting Lovett Bay and the other McCarr's creek, one article remarks, when reporting a wedding between two members of old families, that here is 'an old slice of Sydney'.

A slice of even older Sydney is shown in that the grandfather of two of the 1890's developers, E.E. A and F. A Oatley, is James Oatley, the gentleman who was paid £75 to provide the 'town clock' for the Hyde Park Barracks, while Joseph Washington Flood the other landholder, had a mother, Charlotte (nee Hannam), wife of Edward Flood MLC, who first met Mary, the mother of James' sons Frederick and James Jnr. when a child aboard the Northampton  that arrived in Sydney Town on June 18th, 1815.

The Flood-Oatley connections don't end there - Edward Flood was later a witness to James Oatley's Will in 1839 and lived with Jane Oatley (nee Weedon), wife of Frederick Snr., as he aged and that the Flood, Oatley Weedon and Hannam families were getting Land Grants beside each other from the 1820's on - more on that below. News this week that the Hyde Park Barracks is to close at the end of this week, and that the clock James Oatley built is being allowed to wind down for the first time in 200 years is just one of the stories that coincides with the first look into Elvina-Rocky Point Pittwater Summer Houses for 2019.

Arthur Brascombe Wood's 'Maritana' dates from earliest times too. Named for a very popular opera this conjures up resonances of music and fine song floating across the water. A generation on, one of the wonderful summer homes built for enjoyment by Walter Gibson, youngest son of that Gibson & Foy connection, simply for enjoyment of our pristine waterways and tranquil, and called 'Maritana' still, has just come onto the market and is currently listed by L J Hooker Mona Vale - details and great pictures here.

'Maritana' isn't the only instance of song floating across those waters - at Rocky Point the house built by James Booth for Arthur Stevens - Arturo Steffani, had a higher room for music and he too was involved in teaching music, as well as being famous for hosting great parties to which some of our earliest brilliant Painter Artists came. Known as 'The Red House' by locals then this became the holiday idyll of a few others before passing into the hands of members of the Foy family too.

Free tickets to the Premier’s Gala Concerts 

Seniors can get free tickets to the Premier’s Gala Concerts on 14 and 15 February 2019 from Ticketek.

Marina Prior, Casey Donovan and Adam Brand will lead the line-up at the Premier’s Gala Concerts  during the 2019 NSW Seniors Festival.

The NSW Government hosts the concerts each year to thank seniors for the contributions they make to their communities.
More than 30,000 seniors are expected to attend the Premier’s Gala Concerts and festival at the International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour.

The festival will run from 13 – 24 February 2019 and will include more than 50 interactive exhibitors and a comedy show, plus hundreds of locally run events across NSW.

Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies said the NSW Seniors Festival is the largest festival for seniors in the southern hemisphere and is expected to reach up to 500,000 people in 2019.

“These concerts are hugely popular among our seniors for good reason. They provide a great opportunity for seniors to enjoy marvelous musical and variety acts from some of Australia’s best performers, have fun and meet new friends,” Mrs Davies said.

Decreased deep sleep linked to early signs of Alzheimer's disease

January 9, 2019: Washington University School of Medicine
Poor sleep is a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease. People with the disease tend to wake up tired, and their nights become even less refreshing as memory loss and other symptoms worsen. But how and why restless nights are linked to Alzheimer's disease is not fully understood.

Now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis may have uncovered part of the explanation. They found that older people who have less slow-wave sleep -- the deep sleep you need to consolidate memories and wake up feeling refreshed -- have higher levels of the brain protein tau. Elevated tau is a sign of Alzheimer's disease and has been linked to brain damage and cognitive decline.

The findings, published Jan. 9 in Science Translational Medicine, suggest that poor-quality sleep in later life could be a red flag for deteriorating brain health.

"What's interesting is that we saw this inverse relationship between decreased slow-wave sleep and more tau protein in people who were either cognitively normal or very mildly impaired, meaning that reduced slow-wave activity may be a marker for the transition between normal and impaired," said first author Brendan Lucey, MD, an assistant professor of neurology and director of the Washington University Sleep Medicine Center. "Measuring how people sleep may be a noninvasive way to screen for Alzheimer's disease before or just as people begin to develop problems with memory and thinking."

The brain changes that lead to Alzheimer's, a disease that affects an estimated 5.7 million Americans, start slowly and silently. Up to two decades before the characteristic symptoms of memory loss and confusion appear, amyloid beta protein begins to collect into plaques in the brain. Tangles of tau appear later, followed by atrophy of key brain areas. Only then do people start showing unmistakable signs of cognitive decline.

The challenge is finding people on track to develop Alzheimer's before such brain changes undermine their ability to think clearly. For that, sleep may be a handy marker.

To better understand the link between sleep and Alzheimer's disease, Lucey, along with David Holtzman, MD, the Andrew B. and Gretchen P. Jones Professor and head of the Department of Neurology, and colleagues studied 119 people 60 years of age or older who were recruited through the Charles F. and Joanne Knight Alzheimer's Disease Research Center. Most -- 80 percent -- were cognitively normal, and the remainder were very mildly impaired.

The researchers monitored the participants' sleep at home over the course of a normal week. Participants were given a portable EEG monitor that strapped to their foreheads to measure their brain waves as they slept, as well as a wristwatch-like sensor that tracks body movement. They also kept sleep logs, where they made note of both nighttime sleep sessions and daytime napping. Each participant produced at least two nights of data; some had as many as six.

The researchers also measured levels of amyloid beta and tau in the brain and in the cerebrospinal fluid that bathes the brain and spinal cord. Thirty-eight people underwent PET brain scans for the two proteins, and 104 people underwent spinal taps to provide cerebrospinal fluid for analysis. Twenty-seven did both.

After controlling for factors such as sex, age and movements while sleeping, the researchers found that decreased slow-wave sleep coincided with higher levels of tau in the brain and a higher tau-to-amyloid ratio in the cerebrospinal fluid.

"The key is that it wasn't the total amount of sleep that was linked to tau, it was the slow-wave sleep, which reflects quality of sleep," Lucey said. "The people with increased tau pathology were actually sleeping more at night and napping more in the day, but they weren't getting as good quality sleep."

If future research bears out their findings, sleep monitoring may be an easy and affordable way to screen earlier for Alzheimer's disease, the researchers said. Daytime napping alone was significantly associated with high levels of tau, meaning that asking a simple question -- How much do you nap during the day? -- might help doctors identify people who could benefit from further testing.

"I don't expect sleep monitoring to replace brain scans or cerebrospinal fluid analysis for identifying early signs of Alzheimer's disease, but it could supplement them," Lucey said. "It's something that could be easily followed over time, and if someone's sleep habits start changing, that could be a sign for doctors to take a closer look at what might be going on in their brains."
Lucey BP, McCullough A, Landsness EC, Toedebusch CD, McLeland JS, Zaza AM, Fagan AM, McCue L, Xiong C, Morris JC, Benzinger TLS, Holtzman DM. Reduced non-rapid eye movement sleep is associated with tau pathology in early Alzheimer’s disease. Science Translational Medicine, Jan. 9, 2019 DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aau6550

AvPals  

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

Noah’s Dog Walking Service


Having trouble finding time to walk your dog?
Wish that someone else would just do it for you?

Well from now on there is that option. I am a 14 year old boy living in Avalon with experience in handling all types of dogs. As a dog owner myself I can assure you that your dog will be walked to the best of standards. $10 per hour.

Contact me with:
Phone: 0405 130 785
Can work in: Avalon, Palm Beach, Newport


So give your dog a walk without hassle.

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


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

Senior Movers is a wonderful resource for the Pittwater senior community who are thinking about downsizing from their property.  Senior Movers want you to stop worrying about downsizing from the family home and let us take care of you.  Senior movers gives you peace of mind during stressful times of downsizing and moving to a smaller home.  No retirement living plan is too large or too small.  We are glad to help whether it is a move to a loved one’s home, assisted living or to a seniors apartment. We want you to we help you gracefully downsize with our experience and care.  www.seniormovers.com.au

Also see Belinda Grundy's Profile and other great Business; www.bgpropertystyling.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. 

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.

 

Contact Community Care Northern Beaches HERE:

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

10,000 extra home care packages to benefit senior Australians

January 8, 2019: The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP, Minister for Indigenous Health, Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care
The rollout of an additional 10,000 new high-level home care packages begins this week, helping more senior Australians to remain living independently in their own homes.

The home care expansion is part of the Liberal National Government’s half-billion dollar ($552.9 million) aged care funding increase, announced in December 2018.

All of the additional 5,000 Level Three and 5,000 Level Four packages will be allocated by 30 June 2019, providing funding for up to $50,000 of care services per person per year including nursing, home assistance, nutrition and meal preparation and transport support.

Along with the extra 20,000 packages funded in the past year, this will see a 40 per cent increase in people receiving home care packages. 

Our Government is also keeping more money in the pockets of 70,000 senior Australians, by reducing the maximum contribution they can be asked to make through the basic daily fee by up to $400 per year for Level One packages, $200 a year for Level Two packages and $100 a year for Level Three packages. 

These savings are part of our Government’s unprecedented aged care reforms to help ensure senior Australians receive the care they want and deserve, where and when they need it. 

We have invested an extra $1 billion a year in aged care services since 2013 and will continue our record investment through the 2018/19 Budget’s $5 billion aged care boost over the next four years. 

Thanks to our Government’s strong economic management, we are able to increase funding for the essential services such as aged care that Australians rely on, without higher taxes.

New Commission, New Era for Aged Care Quality and Safety

January 2nd, 2018: The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP, Minister for Indigenous Health, Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care
Today marks a new era for Australian aged care, with the independent Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission opening its doors, launching its one-stop quality and safety website and the single new contact number for aged care concerns and queries: 1800 951 822.

Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt AM said the new Commission was a landmark Liberal National Government aged care reform and would better target sub-standard care and ensure the safety and security of senior Australians.

“With the motto ‘Engage, Empower and Safeguard’, the Commission flags a new beginning for aged care quality and safety,” Minister Wyatt said. “A single Commissioner overseeing compliance monitoring, complaints and customer service means no more silos.

“For the first time, senior Australians and their loved ones have one place to go when they need help, want to raise a concern, or access information about an aged care service.

“In another first, the Commission includes a new Chief Clinical Adviser to oversee quality care delivery across the nation.

“The Commission will also be empowered by the new aged care Charter of Rights and will implement the new, stronger set of Aged Care Quality Standards, the first upgrade of standards in 20 years.”

The Commission has a budget of almost $300 million over four years, with more than $48 million to continue ramping up compliance checks and risk management, including the employment of dozens of new compliance officers and developing options for a Serious Incident Response Scheme.

The inaugural Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner, Janet Anderson, said she was delighted to open the new Commission for business and was ready for strong engagement with senior Australians, their families and aged care providers.

“Our key focus will be on safeguarding the more than 1.3 million senior Australians who receive some form of aged care service,” Ms Anderson said.

“The Commission’s vision is to support a world-class aged care service driven by empowered consumers who enjoy the best possible quality of life.

“Unannounced re-accreditation audits of aged care homes will triple in 2019, compared with 2018, and there will be an increase in unannounced inspections, to more than 3,000 this year.

“In recent weeks I have met with staff transitioning to the new Commission from the former Australian Aged Care Quality Agency and the former Aged Care Complaints Commissioner, and I know they are totally committed to quality care.

“Our new website has also been carefully designed and tested to ensure it is user-friendly, with easily searchable information for consumers and providers.”

The website includes details on:
Aged care consumer rights
Access to free advocacy services to support senior Australians
Consumer Experience Reports about individual aged care services
Access to audit reports on aged care homes
How to register complaints, including tips on documenting concerns
New resources to help providers meet the Standards
Translation services to support non-English speaking clients
Formation of the independent Commission was a key recommendation of the Carnell-Paterson Review, ordered by the Government following South Australia’s Oakden aged care tragedy.

“The new Commission is another example of our Government’s aged care reform agenda continuing at full pace, while the aged care Royal Commission goes about its important work,” said Minister Wyatt.

“We are dedicated to providing senior Australians and their families with confidence and certainty in quality aged care delivery.

“The establishment of the new Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission is part of our Government’s record aged care funding boost, increasing aged care spending by $5 billion over four years.”

The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission can be contacted on 1800 951 822 or by visiting the Commission website.

Nature Writing Prize 2019

Calling all nature writers!
The Nature Conservancy Australia is delighted to open the fifth biennial Nature Writing Prize.

The winner of the best essay (3,000 – 5,000 words) in the genre of ‘Writing of Place’ will receive a $5,000 award and will be published as an online multimedia essay by Griffith Review – Australia’s leading literary quarterly publication.

The prize will go to an Australian writer whose entry is judged to be of the highest literary merit and which best explores their relationship and interaction with some aspect of the Australian landscape.

Entry costs $30.00. The deadline for submissions is 1 February 2019 and the winner will be announced in May 2019. The prize is open to Australian citizens and permanent residents. 

Australian Government Dept. of Health: Hearing Devices for Seniors

After reading a Media Release by National Seniors this week (runs below) we felt it is timely to remind our more mature Readers that under the Australian Government's Hearing Services Program (the program), you will be offered 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

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.

2018 Seniors Card Directory Available Now

NSW Seniors: NSW Government
NSW Seniors Card is pleased to provide members with the 2018 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:

Sydney & Surrounds PDF, 19579.78 KB

Central Coast & Hunter PDF, 9062.09 KB

Northern NSW PDF, 8590.32 KB

Southern NSW PDF, 8837.31 KB

Western NSW PDF, 8434.52 KB

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.

Want to find even more discounts? Use our online business directory to search for the best discounts near you.

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

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/

 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


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

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.

 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

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