August 18 - 24, 2019: Issue 417

It's Business Time for Older Workers

August 2019
The NSW Government is stepping up the fight against age discrimination in the workplace announcing a new toolkit to help employers, managers and HR professionals engage and retain older workers.

Minister for Seniors John Sidoti said it makes no sense to have such a highly skilled, experienced section of the community sidelined from work.

"Research shows that potential employers too often overlook, poorly manage and disregard older workers," Mr Sidoti said.

"That's why we've worked with our partners at the Australian Human Rights Commission to develop a toolkit to help employers recognise and reject unlawful age discrimination and start discovering the benefits of older workers."

Mr Sidoti urged businesses to use the guide as a first step in changing their workplaces for the better.

"Employers have the power to build broadly skilled, multigenerational workplaces that contribute to longer, healthier and more productive working lives for Australians," Mr Sidoti said.

"That's good for business, great for the community, and excellent for older Australians."

Age Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Kay Patterson, said the guide showed how excluding older workers, deprived employers of willing, skilled and dedicated staff with a lifetime of varied experiences.

"Australians are increasingly continuing to work and wanting to work as they get older," Dr Patterson said.

"But data shows that 30 per cent of employers are still reluctant to hire workers over a certain age and for most of those employers that age is 50".

The toolkit, called Multigenerational workforces: a guide to the rights of older workers under the Age Discrimination Act 2004, is available now at

Australia Calling: 1932 Film

Published August 6th, 2019 by NFSA

Scientists reverse aging process in rat brain stem cells

August 14, 2019: University of Cambridge
New research, published today in Nature, reveals how increasing brain stiffness as we age causes brain stem cell dysfunction, and demonstrates new ways to reverse older stem cells to a younger, healthier state.

The results have far reaching implications for how we understand the ageing process, and how we might develop much-needed treatments for age-related brain diseases.

As our bodies age, muscles and joints can become stiff, making everyday movements more difficult. This study shows the same is true in our brains, and that age-related brain stiffening has a significant impact on the function of brain stem cells.

A multi-disciplinary research team, based at the Wellcome-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute (University of Cambridge), studied young and old rat brains to understand the impact of age-related brain stiffening on the function of oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs).

These cells are a type of brain stem cell important for maintaining normal brain function, and for the regeneration of myelin -- the fatty sheath that surrounds our nerves, which is damaged in multiple sclerosis (MS). The effects of age on these cells contributes to MS, but their function also declines with age in healthy people.

To determine whether the loss of function in aged OPCs was reversible, the researchers transplanted older OPCs from aged rats into the soft, spongy brains of younger animals. Remarkably, the older brain cells were rejuvenated, and began to behave like the younger, more vigorous cells.

To study this further, the researchers developed new materials in the lab with varying degrees of stiffness, and used these to grow and study the rat brain stem cells in a controlled environment. The materials were engineered to have a similar softness to either young or old brains.

To fully understand how brain softness and stiffness influences cell behavior, the researchers investigated Piezo1 -- a protein found on the cell surface, which informs the cell whether the surrounding environment is soft or stiff.

Dr Kevin Chalut, who co-led the research, said: "We were fascinated to see that when we grew young, functioning rat brain stem cells on the stiff material, the cells became dysfunctional and lost their ability to regenerate, and in fact began to function like aged cells. What was especially interesting, however, was that when the old brain cells were grown on the soft material, they began to function like young cells -- in other words, they were rejuvenated."

"When we removed Piezo1 from the surface of aged brain stem cells, we were able to trick the cells into perceiving a soft surrounding environment, even when they were growing on the stiff material," explained Professor Robin Franklin, who co-led the research with Dr Chalut. "What's more, we were able to delete Piezo1 in the OPCs within the aged rat brains, which lead to the cells becoming rejuvenated and once again able to assume their normal regenerative function."

Dr Susan Kohlhaas, Director of Research at the MS Society, who part funded the research, said: "MS is relentless, painful, and disabling, and treatments that can slow and prevent the accumulation of disability over time are desperately needed. The Cambridge team's discoveries on how brain stem cells age and how this process might be reversed have important implications for future treatment, because it gives us a new target to address issues associated with ageing and MS, including how to potentially regain lost function in the brain."

Michael Segel, Björn Neumann, Myfanwy F. E. Hill, Isabell P. Weber, Carlo Viscomi, Chao Zhao, Adam Young, Chibeza C. Agley, Amelia J. Thompson, Ginez A. Gonzalez, Amar Sharma, Steffan Holmqvist, David H. Rowitch, Kristian Franze, Robin J. M. Franklin, Kevin J. Chalut. Niche stiffness underlies the ageing of central nervous system progenitor cells. Nature, 2019; DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1484-9

17th Australian Masters Games in Adelaide

80-year-old South Australian retiree, Mick Hunt is prepped and primed for the powerlifting competition at the 17th Australian Masters Games, taking place in Adelaide from 5 – 12 October this year.

Mick has been powerlifting at his local gym for 67 years, although this Games will mark his triumphant return to competition after a 50 year hiatus when he steps up for the bench press event in the 60kg weight class for the 80+ age category.

“As long as I’m alive, I’m there,” Mick enthused.

It’s not the first sport that comes to mind when you think of retirees, but it is a sport that Mick is passionate about, having first started pumping iron as a young teen in England. He is living proof of the benefits of an active, healthy lifestyle and is a role model for his three sons and eight grandchildren, with his three-times per week training regime.

Mick’s got big goals for the 17th Australian Masters Games, which he didn’t shy away from at the official launch of the Games in his hometown today.

“I want to do well obviously. I’m probably close to an Australian record, which would be very nice. But it all depends on the day, doesn’t it?”

“It’s a bit of an ego thing,” Mick said.

Tomorrow marks three months to go. The whistle will blow, the gun will fire, the siren will sound and Mick along with 8,000+ other weekend warriors will be underway across 51 sports for the 17th edition of the Australian Masters Games.

And when the sun goes down, the band will play across the eight-day festival, which is renowned for its social program almost as much as the sports program.

The Australian Masters Games aims to promote the benefits of long-term health and wellbeing by providing a platform through which adult Australians can get active, and socialise through sport.

South Australia is the spiritual home of the Games, and 2019 will be the seventh time Adelaide has hosted the biannual festival.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, David Ridgway, said the Marshall Liberal Government was delighted to welcome the Australian Masters Games and its 10,000 participants, volunteers and spectators to South Australia.

“We look forward to once again hosting this world-class event that will attract thousands of participants from interstate and around the world, and inject more than $12 million into the state’s visitor economy,” said Minister Ridgway.

“The Australian Masters Games creates enormous buzz and excitement in our city and will have significant positive flow-on economic benefits for hotels, restaurants and local retailers. We encourage all our visitors to extend their stay in South Australia and head out into our regions to experience all our wonderful state has to offer."

Organisationally, the Games are tracking well with entries on target to exceed the 7,910 event participants from 2015 (the last time the Games were held in Adelaide). 75% of the entries received to date come from interstaters or international competitors from 17 different countries. A team of sport convenors and volunteers are preparing to deliver the 51 sports, being held across over 70 of Adelaide’s finest sports venues. Some strong event partnerships are also in place to add to the participant experience, including:

  • Adelaide Convention Centre as the host venue for the Games Expo and Games Village
  • Official charity partner, the Heart Foundation
  • Adelaide based Sports Centre as the official merchandise supplier to the Games
  • All Sports Travel as the official Games travel partner
  • National Seniors Australia as the official healthy ageing partner
Games general manager Gary O’Donnell encouraged anyone over the age of 30 years to consider participation in this year’s event, and local businesses to get behind the Games.

“It’s never too late to get back into the sport you enjoyed as a youngster, or take up a brand new sport that you’ve never tried before,” O’Donnell said.

“The only criteria to participation are that you meet the minimum age limit, which in most sports is 30-years. We have entrants of all standards and abilities, and many who come just for the social occasion.”

“We encourage all South Australians, including local businesses, to get behind the Games by putting together a team and signing up for one of the many sports on offer,” O’Donnell said.

Participants can access the reduced Games entry fee of $110 through the Early Bird entry period, which extends to Friday 2 August. Enter now at

The Australian Masters Games is proudly sponsored by the South Australian Tourism Commission through Events South Australia.

17th Australian Masters Game snapshot:
When: Saturday, 5 October – Saturday, 12 October 2019
Where: Adelaide, South Australia
Who: Approximately 8,000 participants from across Australia and overseas. The event does not impose any qualifying standards and is open to anyone who meets the age requirements of their sport of choice, which in most sports is 30 years.

Participants from the following countries have entered to date:
Australia, Brunei, Canada, China, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Palau, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, United States.
What: A week-long festival of sport and festivities. Australia’s premier regular multisport Games will feature 50 plus sports, ranging from lawn bowls to dragon boat to softball and tennis.
Entertainment:  As well as an extensive sporting schedule, the Australian Masters Games will also comprise social events, including an Opening and Closing Ceremony headlined by Adelaide cover band Blackjack and tribute act Celebrating the Music of Billy Joel with Anthony Mara respectively, and a mid-week party featuring Immaculate Madonna.
The 17th Australian Masters Games is managed by UniSport Australia Limited under the direction of the Confederation of Australian Sport.

AvPals: Term 3 2019  

The AvPals Term 3 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 or phone 02 8064 3574

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Nominations Open For The Premier’s Volunteer Recognition Program

The program will recognise the contributions volunteers have made to their local communities.
The Premier’s Volunteer Recognition Program celebrates all volunteers – from students selflessly working with charities to veterans who’ve dedicated decades of their lives to causes close to their heart.

There are four categories open for nominations:

People with a lifetime of volunteering experience – over 40 years
People with over 25 years of volunteering experience
Significant volunteering at any age
Student volunteering.
Since the program launched in 2015, 28,600 volunteers have been recognised for their contribution to NSW communities.

In NSW, more than 2.1 million people volunteer, contributing a combined 240 million hours of their time each year, valued at $5 billion to local communities.

Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward said volunteers are the backbone of our society.

“It’s so important for all of us to acknowledge this invaluable work, and I urge all NSW residents to nominate someone who’s making a difference,” Mr Ward said.

The Premier’s Volunteer Recognition Program is part of the NSW Government’s Volunteering Strategy 2016-2020.

Nominations close 27 September 2019 for the adult categories and 30 September 2019 for the student category.

Find out more about the Premier’s Volunteer Recognition Program and Nominate someone HERE

NSW Ageing  and disability Commissioner to protect our most vulnerable 

Adults with disability and older people on the Northern Beaches now have a powerful advocate in their corner with the appointment of Robert Fitzgerald AM as NSW’s first Ageing and Disability Commissioner. 

To get in touch with the Commissioner’s Helpline, call 1800 628 221 (business hours Monday to Friday) or visit for more information.

Stepping On Program at Mona Vale

Stepping On is a free program for people over the age of 65 years living in the community. The program is considered one of the most effective evidence-based falls prevention programs available and has been shown to reduce participants' risk of falling by 31% (Clemson et al 2004). Participants attend seven two-hour group sessions, during which they learn about strengthening and balance exercises, safe footwear, medication management, vision, nutrition, moving safely in the community and reducing hazards around the home that can lead to accidents. Read more about the Stepping On program here

Stepping On - Mona Vale
Mona Vale Memorial Hall, 1 Park Street
Mona Vale

Contact Details
Phone: 8598 8503
Program Details
A FREE 7 week program that combines gentle strength and balance exercises with educational sessions. 

Opening Hours: Contact us to register for the next group
Cost Per Visit: FREE
Target Age: Over 65

Unsuitable Participants:
People need to walk independently or with a walking stick. Not suitable for anyone with cognitive impairment or progressive neurological disease

Minimum Experience: Beginner

Steady and Strong - Mona Vale
Mona Vale Community Health Centre
Phone: 9998 6111
Program Details
Steady and Strong is a 6 week exercise program designed and run by physiotherapist to reduce risk of falls, classes are held twice per week. Participants need to enrol in My Aged Care and will be assessed by a physiotherapist prior to commencing

Opening Hours: Classes are held Monday and Wednesday am and pm
Cost Per Visit: FREE
Target Age: Over 65
Unsuitable Participants: program suitability determined at individual assessment
Minimum Experience: Beginner

Group-Based Exercise
When you're over 65, it is important to build in some exercises to train your muscle strength, balance and co-ordination. Activities such as dance, yoga and Pilates all have a strong balance component. The exercises should be safe, but should challenge balance and develop strength. Group-based strength and balance classes are monitored by fitness leaders and health professionals, and are also an opportunity for social engagement. You can use this website to identify Exercise Programs that have specific exercises to improve balance and strength, available in your local area. You can also identify exercise programs that can improve your general fitness and help build your strength. 
We've done a Search and all local programs can be seen HERE - simply click on the link of which one interests you for details and how to contact the organisers.

Tai Chi
Tai Chi is a good way to exercise your balance. It uses slow and rhythmical movements of the trunk and limbs whilst controlling your balance. Tai Chi can improve balance in older adults as this type of training involves walking, balance, co-ordination, and muscle strengthening exercises. Tai Chi is widely recognised as being one of the most effective approaches to preventing falls.

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.


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.

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

Profile Bayview Yacht Racing Association (BYRA)
1842 Pittwater Rd, Bayview

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

New research reveals seniors are more tech savvy

August 13, 2019
New research released today by National Seniors Australia, the peak advocacy body for older Australians, challenges the stereotype that seniors are being “left behind” by digital technology.

Titled ‘Senior Surfers’, the online survey of more than 4,500 members, whose ages range from over 50 to those in their 90s, found:
  • 70% use an internet search engine everyday
  • 40% use Facebook daily (including close to 20% of those aged 80+)
  • 63% don’t feel technology is designed for younger generations
  • 68% don’t feel frustrated using new technology
National Seniors CEO, Professor John McCallum says it challenges negative stereotypes about older Australians and technology.

“There are just too many blanket statements that are very negative about older people’s skills, such as ‘they’re behind the times’, ‘they’re digitally illiterate’ or ‘there is a digital divide between young and old.” said Professor McCallum.

The survey categorised respondents into four groups based on their digital literacy. These are:
  • SUPER SURFERS – Someone very comfortable using digital technology in their everyday lives. 31.4% of respondents were rated in this category.
  • SAVVY SURFERS – Someone who is very comfortable using digital services but not as frequently as ‘Super Surfers’. 41.6% of respondents were rated in this category.
  • SOMETIMES SURFERS – Someone who uses digital technology when necessary but are not always comfortable or proficient. 21.8% were rated in this category.
  • SELDOM SURFERS – Someone who can use the internet and digital technology but rarely do. Just 5.2% were rated in this category.
Professor McCallum says the ‘Super Surfers’ are more likely to be women.

“The odds of being a ‘Super Surfer’ are also higher for participants with children, who are in good health and still participating in the work force.” he said.

One respondent said in the survey, “Many of us are beyond ‘good’ and would rate ourselves as excellent.”

Another respondent wrote, “I was part of the generation that developed the online world and I think understands it sometimes better than the younger generation.”

Professor McCallum pointed to the high levels of digital activity of those over 80.

“You would expect that people who are 80+ would be those left behind by these technologies.

“Our research shows that over half those 80+ used an internet search engine everyday and more than 50% of these did online banking once a week if not daily.

“The message from this is, it is a good idea to be digitally literate before you get into your 80s so you can enjoy the ease of access to family, friends and finances.” he said.

But he also says there is a financial and social impact by not being skilled in digital technology

“Those who have less skills are more likely to be victims of scams than those who are more skilled.

“They’re also likely to find the costs of mobile and internet services a barrier to them using the internet and devices.

“What we are looking at here is digital literacy as the new factor in the accumulative disadvantage experienced by vulnerable older Australians.” said Professor McCallum.

A New Frontier in Emergency Stroke Care

August 13, 2019: The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health
A team of Melbourne researchers have been awarded a $1 million dollar grant through the Australian Government’s Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Frontiers initiative to develop, test and ultimately implement portable brain imaging tools in air and road ambulances.

The new technologies will better equip first responders and have the potential to transform access to emergency stroke treatment for people in rural and regional areas.

In Australia, there are more than 56,000 strokes each year, and around half a million people are living with the effects of stroke.

This research program, to be led by Professors Geoffrey Donnan and Stephen Davis at the University of Melbourne and the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH), will target the crucial first hour after stroke onset, known as the ‘golden hour’ to give patients the best chance of survival. 

The program will bring together experts from more than 30 of Australia’s leading health and academic institutes and charities.

Point-of-care diagnosis would be a breakthrough for stroke victims around Australia and around the world, reducing deaths and reducing disability for stroke survivors.

Researchers will spend a year developing a detailed implementation plan for lightweight mobile brain imaging equipment and a telehealth stroke network to transform diagnosis and care for stroke patients.

This service will be key to allowing patients faster access to treatments such as intravenous clot-busting therapy and will dramatically improve stroke outcomes for all Australians.

This research has the potential to save lives and benefit generations to come.

The MRFF Frontiers program is an initiative under the $1.3 billion National Health and Medical Industry Growth Plan.

The Frontiers program creates an opportunity for Australia’s best and brightest to form formidable multidisciplinary teams to transform ideas from concept to outcome.

Frontier awardees needed to articulate how their idea was novel and would position Australia as a global leader.

Frontiers has a unique, two-stage structure developed in consultation with Research Australia.

In Stage One, 10 selected applicants will receive funding of up to $1 million each over one year to develop detailed planning for their cutting-edge research projects.

Each of the selected 10 from Stage One will be able to apply for Frontiers Stage Two with the opportunity to secure up to $50 million or more to realise their ground-breaking research plan.

Applications were assessed by an International Scientific Peer Review Panel to ensure those recommended for funding would deliver new to world ideas and opportunities.

Our support for medical research gives Australians access to the next generation of life saving technologies. This support is in addition to our record funding for public hospitals, new medicines and Mental Health.

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


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.



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

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.


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 where you'll find more classes and weekly dance parties.

Click here ( 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:

Home Library Service Available for Seniors

Baby it's cold outside - time to curl up with a good book!
For those unable to visit the library because of age or disability, the Home Library Service maintains a vital connection with all that the library offers. Your Home Library Service Officer will help you select items for reading or listening. Volunteers or staff will then deliver and collect your library items on a regular basis.

Register for the Home Library Service
If you or the person you care for is unable to visit the library or carry library items home due to age, frailty or disability, please complete Council's Home Library Service Application Form or call us on 9942 2393. 

A medical certificate or statement signed by a doctor may be required to assess eligibility.

What happens next?
After staff receive your completed application form, a Home Library Service Officer will contact you to arrange a time to meet and discuss the service details with you.

Staff or volunteers will then select your items according to your borrowing preferences and then deliver them to you. During this visit you can return any items that you have finished with.

 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:

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. 

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

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.

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