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New Plymouth Positive Ageing Trust News » General

New Plymouth- The Best place to live, work visit and age

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New Plymouth Injury Safe News

This month's newsletter has plenty of information about safe community projects including road safety, suicide prevention and alcohol harm reducton see:

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/039e34bbaf9b6b7632dc2529b/files/d72e307a-42c8-4cd5-88e3-1e882bde151d/Newsletter_April_2017.pdf

Alzheimer's Taranaki Education Programme

Alzheimers Taranaki is offering 6 free sessions to all family carers, rest home staff, community caregivers and anyone interested in learning more about dementia. You can attend some or all of the sessions

Time of sessions: 1.00 pm to 3.00pm, Wednesdays from 17th May to 21st June
Venue: Beach Street Hall, 40 Beach Street, Fitzroy, New Plymouth

To register your interest please contact:
Alzheimers Taranaki Incorporated, 117 Powderham St, New Plymouth
Ph: 0800 004 001 or 06 769 6916 Email: office.alztaranaki@xtra.co.nz

NEW PLYMOUTH: AN AGE FRIENDLY COMMUNITY

New Plymouth district will become the first area in New Zealand to develop an Age Friendly Strategy, thanks to the funding from the Office of Seniors and the commitment of New Plymouth Positive Ageing Trust.

Age Friendly communities are an initiative of the World Health Organisation (WHO). WHO encourages communities to consider just how age friendly their community is around eight key dimensions - housing, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communications and information, health services and community support, outdoor spaces and buildings and transportation.

Grey Power Chair, Roger Catlin said, “New Plymouth’s population is ageing and it is essential that our district meets the needs of the ageing population. This means working towards providing services, amenities and supports that will result in a district that is a great place to live, work, visit and age. “

So what does it mean to be Age Friendly? “This is not a strategy for older people,” said Positive Ageing Trust Chair Lance Girling-Butcher.” An age-friendly community benefits everyone. We all want to live in a safe neighbourhood, young and old want to be able to move freely around our streets and buildings, and we all reap the benefit when everyone in our community is active and engaged in work, voluntary activity and civic activities.”

To help the development of the New Plymouth Age Friendly Strategy, the Positive Ageing Trust is looking to talk with as many people as possible (across all age groups).

A survey has been developed. The survey can be found by typing or copying and pasting this link into your internet browser:

https://goo.gl/forms/1ni3Y5c8GSVwv6ey2

Focus groups will also be held where small groups of people can talk about what an Age Friendly New Plymouth looks like. People who would like to take part in one of these are encouraged to contact researcher Dr Louise Tester at guildrcs@gmail.com or via 021 1651549.

Macular Degeneration Seminar

1 in 7 people over 50 will suffer from this eye problem A seminar will be held on Saturday 17 June at 10am in the Quality Hotel

Emergency Response Seminar

A seminar covering emergency response to events such as earthquakes  will be held Saturday morning 4 March starting at 9am in the NPDC Council chambers. Speakers will include experts in this area and also first hand accounts of the Christchurch earthquakes. All welcome

Seminar Topics for 2017

The provisional programme for seminars next year is as follows:-

  • Emergency response (March 4)
  • Macular Degeneration (June 13)
  • Stroke Awareness and Preventation (June)
  • Borrowing against your property (August)
  • Banking technology (October)

Superseniors website

Hire of Medical Equipment

 A wide range of medical equipment can be hired from the Taranaki Disability Information Centre

Ring Brian Eriksen on 759 0026

Red Cross Website

 Details of Red Cross services can be found on:-

www.redcross.org.nz