May 20 - 26, 2018: Issue 360
Pittwater Demerger Proposal Handed to NSW Govt on Amalgamation Anniversary - from Protect Pittwater Association
Inaugural World Bee Day - May 20th 2018: Local Knowledge Available on Native Bees and the Northern Beaches Beekeepers Club - World Bee Day was declared by the UN General Assembly in December last year to raise awareness of the importance of bees and apicultural products; which is pretty much everything we eat. The First World Bee Day will be celebrated around the world on May 20th and in Australia with Canberra hosting some great events which are sure to spread nation wide in coming years. Slovenia proposed the celebration of World Bee Day in the month of May, when bees in the northern hemisphere are most active – here such activity takes place during September although you can do things right now to ensure a future for our bees.
Have Wings? Can Do The Club Marine Pittwater To Paradise Regatta by Lisa Ratcliff
Aquatics: New Zealand Has Its Own Population Of Blue Whales: new study finds
Pictures: Sydney Wildlife's Waratah Park Rehabilitation Centre: 5 Years in the Making (A Celebration) by Joan Reid, Volunteer Macropod co-ordinator
Reinstated Sydney Noumea Race draws fleet of 24 by Lisa Ratcliff
Reflections by George Repin: STROMBOLI
Park Bench Philosopher: Stargazing Live - A Guinness World Record Attempt On Wednesday May 23rd + CSIRO's Parkes Telescope’s New ‘Bionic Ear’ Hears More Of The Universe
DIY Ideas Winter Mould & Mildew Inside Your home: How to Keep Air and Surfaces Healthier
Food: Honey, Honey: Inaugural World Bee Day - Honey Cake Recipes Around the World
The Aboriginal support Group Manly Warringah Pittwater (ASG-MWP) Commemorates National Sorry Day 2018
- All afternoon a free sausage BBQ and afternoon tea will be available.
- Singing by local Aboriginal Sisters.
- Free Kids painting – paint your own boomerang or do Colouring in and take it home with you.
- Basket weaving with Karleen Green.
- Aboriginal Dancers with the young children joining in dancing and playing the clap sticks, having fun.
- Two local Didge players.
- Aboriginal artefacts on display – things that have never been on display before.
- For the young ones, a gift bag from ASG.
Mermaids Of Palm Beach Commence B To B Bash 2018 Fundraising
Australian Government Gives Older Australians More Choices for a Longer Life
- Skills and Training Incentive to encourage lifelong learning and help workers aged 45–70 years to gain new skills
- bringing forward the national rollout of the Career Transition Assistance program and lowering the eligibility to 45 to 49 year-olds to help older Australians increase their job readiness and, if required, develop digital literacy
- Job Change initiatives to help retrenched older Australians find new jobs
- expanding the Entrepreneurship Facilitators program to 20 additional locations to encourage entrepreneurship and new business establishment among older Australians
- a Collaborative Partnership on Mature Age Employment to promote among employers the benefits of hiring mature age workers
- ensuring the Restart wage subsidy continues to be available to hire older Australians.
Protecting older Australians in aged care facilities
Frankie Valli & The Beach Boys Tribute Show
Debut Performance By Young Cellist In Forestville
Avalon Computer Pals (Avpals) Term 2 2018
VPALS is a volunteer organisation dedicated to helping seniors improve their computer skills. 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.
The training rooms are under the Catholic Church in Avalon and 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
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Download Term 1 2018 Newport Programs HERE
Positive Ageing Photography Competition
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
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.
RSPCA's Community Aged Care Program
- 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
WIND, BRASS AND PERCUSSION PLAYERS!!!!!
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 him. Find out more about this great community group HERE
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
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.
Call for older people to be vaccinated against pneumonia
NeuRA Ageing Well for Life’ seminars
Celebrate grandparents and seniors this October
- up to $1000 for small-scale local events or activities targeted at community organisations and schools
- from $1001 to $5000 for local community events
- from $5001 to $10,000 for large-scale community events targeted at local councils in partnership with organisations and groups.
Falls prevention technology starts trials in Australia and UK
$46.1 Million to Combat Loneliness in Local Communities
Seniors Card Short Story Competition
Australian Government Dept. of Health: Hearing Devices for Seniors
NLA Ebooks - Free To Download
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.
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
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
Contact Community Care Northern Beaches HERE:
Seniors Power Discount
NSW Seniors Card holders can save up to 25 per cent on their gas and electricity bills under a new deal the state government has reached with AGL.
Manly Warringah Pittwater Community Aid
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
Retirement Village Inquiry
COTA – NSW - cotansw.com.au
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