September 16 - 22, 2018: Issue 376
Hospital Campaigners Call For Government Transparency - Save Mona Vale Hospital campaigners are calling on the NSW Government to come clean about what services will be available after the hospital’s emergency department closes next month: Community Picnic beside MVH today (Sunday Sept. 16 - 11:30 to 3pm) Rally and March on Oct. 14
2018 Pittwater Community Service Award: Justene Gordon of the Avalon Youth Hub
New Auxiliary Kiosk At Mona Vale Hospital - from Office of Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater
Aquatics: Surf Life Saving Australia National Coastal Safety Report 2018 Released + SLS NSW Safety Message for upcoming Season
Fire by Lynleigh Grieg - How members of the public help burnt or affected wildlife this bushfire season
Byron Bay Writers Festival 2018 by Robyn McWilliam
Reflections by George Repin: THE DODECANESE ARCHIPELAGO
Food: The Chick'n Shack Café - For Lovers Of Old School Burgers and New School Ways: Happy Hour Fish and Chips on Fridays nights, best Breakfast and coffee on the way to the beach, and this Summer will be bringing your food to the beach so you don't have to get off the sand - read all about the best kept secret at Careel Bay
Park Bench Philosopher How Much Plastic Does It Take To Kill A Turtle? by CSIRO + Turtle species in serious decline: Broad ecological impacts by University of California - Davis
Collector's Corner: Historic Photographers Of Pittwater: The 'Wharriewood' Macpherson Family - Memories On Glass Exhibition As Part Of The State Library Of N.S.W. Open Day On October 6th, 2018 - Margot Riley, Curator at the State Library of N.S.W., relates the very exciting news that 70 of the Macpherson family photos attributed to William Joseph will form part of the October 6th Open Day at the Library in an Exhibition called 'Memories on Glass'. Local History buffs will be interested to hear about Margot's findings about the Macpherson photographic collection which confirm that these images were taken over a much longer time frame than first thought - from 1875 through to the 1930s - and that there were actually several photographers in the Macpherson Family - not just William Joseph.
DIY Ideas: A Dog's Paradise in Your Own SAFE Garden - grass to roll in, a shallow pond to sit in when it's hot, paths to explore!
Profile: Adam Crowley This year BHS has been celebrating its 50th year with a range of good fun stuff including a Colour Run/Obstacle Course, a Winter Night Market and on September 29th, a Golden Ball. All ex-students, staff, parents and members of the Barrenjoey community are invited to celebrate. Ticket sales close on September 20th. Get yours here.
Barrenjoey promotes a vision of providing a school experience where Respect, Effort and Challenge are highly valued - in fact that's the school's motto. Students respect the subjects they study, the content, teachers, environment and themselves, where effort is expected, valued, recognised and celebrated and where students are enabled to realise the worth in challenging themselves to ‘be the best they can be’.
Although the school has a vast number of notable alumni across Arts, Science and Sports and every other field of human endeavour, it is the simply great human beings with great attitude that emerge from this school that best serve as its 'dream come true'. These are individuals that stand upright, care about the place around them, the people in it and are aware of how we are all interlinked – connected.
This week an ex BHS Student who is still excelling and seizing opportunities presented to him to ‘be the best he can be’ in every pursuit that is part of his individual nature
Tackling elder abuse
Noah’s Dog Walking Service
Appliance replacement scheme slashes power bills
- 40% off the cost of a fridge
- 50% off the cost of a television
- 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.
- Pensioner Concession Card
- Health Care Card or Low Income Health Care Card from Centrelink
- Veterans' Affairs Gold Card
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
Keep up to date on our Facebook page
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
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
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
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.
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
WIND, BRASS AND PERCUSSION PLAYERS!!!!!
20th Australian Technology Conference for Seniors
Contribution of carers acknowledged in $50m pledge for more respite, transport and support
Raising awareness of dementia Every September
AvPals Term 3 Courses 2018
- send emails
- buy and sell on eBay
- manage digital photographs
- produce spreadsheets
- write letters
- book tickets and holidays
- keep in touch with friends and family
- bank online
Australian Government Dept. of Health: Hearing Devices for Seniors
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
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
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
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
Contact Community Care Northern Beaches HERE:
Country Pensioner Excursion ticket: NSW Public Transport
Manly Warringah Pittwater Community Aid
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
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