March 18 - 24, 2018: Issue 352
Front Page Issue 352: Legends!
Sonja Elwood Nominated To Be A Women In STEM Calendar Girl: What Does A Lady Scientist Look Like?
Plans Unveiled For Mona Vale Hospital’s New Palliative Care Unit: Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes has announced plans for Mona Vale Hospital’s dedicated inpatient palliative care unit
Snake Babies by Lynleigh Grieg
Jayden Walsh’s Northern Beaches Big Year - courtesy Pittwater Natural Heritage Association
Pictures: PITTWATER VISIONS - Visual Video Celebration Compilation In Compass Points Destinations: Autumn 2018 In January Pittwater Online ran a small celebration of people enjoying the Australia Day long weekend on the Pittwater estuary. Since then a few other on estuary places have been forwarded with requests to showcase that blue and green heart of Pittwater and highlight all the compass points. Some of these are new celebrations while others stem from a few years ago.
Aquatics: Pittwater's Jimmy Spithill Joins Luna Rossa Challenge For 2021 America's Cup In NZ - Read James’ first interview since the news broke
Mega Month Of Artist Exhibitions Opening In April 2017 At Manly Art Gallery & Museum Set To Celebrate Earth And Water Delights: Frank Hurley: Photographer & Gardener + Shoufay Derz' s In Memory of Water + Gerry Wedd: Kitschen Man - Opening Night dates + Curators and Artists in Conversation (NB: A Day with Gerry Wedd: Free but Bookings essential)
Berejiklian Government Allows Open Slather On Wildlife by Sue Arnold
Expressions Of Interest Sought For Para Sailing Athletes By David Sygall, Australian Sailing Team; Australian Sailing is taking a leading role in the push for sailing to be reinstated in the Paralympic program with David Staley, vice-chair of the Para World Sailing Committee, appointed to oversee a $150,000 fund allocated to maintain momentum until the International Paralympic Committee announces the slate for the 2024 Games next year
DIY Ideas Autumn Plantings for Winter Harvests + 2018 Paintback Collection Event: Johnson Bros Mitre 10 Mona Vale Saturday, April 7 at 8 AM - 4 PM
Park Bench Philosopher INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE OF MAJOR NEW EXHIBITION: James Cameron – Challenging the Deep opens 29 May 2017
Open Day: Couta Boat Club Pittwater And Avalon Sailing Club
Seniors' Day at Royal Easter Show 2018
Getting To The Sydney Royal Easter Show From Mona Vale
- Train services (bounded by Bomaderry (Nowra), Goulburn, Bathurst and Dungog stations)
- Sydney Olympic Park major event buses
- Regular bus services
- Sydney Ferries services
- Light rail services.
Trust Our Women: Women Artists In The S.H. Ervin Gallery: Sat 31 March 2018 Until Sun 6 May 2018
Avalon Computer Pals (Avpals) Term 1 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
The Chieftain Challenge 2018
Pittwater Artists Trail 2018
Retirement Village Inquiry
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
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.
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
WIND, BRASS AND PERCUSSION PLAYERS!!!!!
Country Pensioner Excursion ticket: NSW Public Transport
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
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
Taking action: Strengthening aged care homes quality compliance
NSW Government strategy drives healthy and creative ageing
Beating The Flu Bug: "It's In Your Hands"
- get your flu shot
- cough and sneeze into your elbow
- clean your hands
- stay home when sick.
Seniors Card Short Story Competition
Avalon Beach Authors' New Book - Spinning Tops & Gumdrops: A Portrait Of Colonial Childhood
Premier's Gala Concerts
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.
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.
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
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